Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Three Guineas

Three Guineas

 Three Guineas is a book-length essay by Virginia Woolf, published in June 1938. 

Three Guineas: The Virginia Woolf Library Authorized Edition

The entire essay is structured as a response to an educated gentleman who has written a letter asking Woolf to join his efforts to help prevent war. War was looming in 1936–7 and the question was particularly pressing to Woolf, a committed pacifist.[2] In the gentleman's letter (he is never named), he asks Woolf her opinion about how best to prevent war and offers some practical steps. Woolf opens her response by stating first, and with some slight hyperbole, that this is "a remarkable letter—a letter perhaps unique in the history of human correspondence, since when before has an educated man asked a woman how in her opinion war can be prevented."

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