Night and Day by Virginia WoolfKatharine Hilbery is beautiful and privileged, but uncertain of her future. She must choose between becoming engaged to the oddly prosaic poet William Rodney, and her dangerous attraction to the passionate Ralph Denham. As she struggles to decide, the lives of two other women - womens rights activist Mary Datchet and Katharines mother, Margaret, struggling to weave together the documents, events and memories of her own fathers life into a biography - impinge on hers with unexpected and intriguing consequences. Virginia Woolfs delicate second novel is both a love story and a social comedy, yet it also subtly undermines these traditions, questioning a womans role and the very nature of experience.
NIGHT AND DAY
It was published in by Duckworth and Company. London is a major setting within the novel. The streets are like the living arteries feeding the life blood of the city and connecting people with people. The main characters flow along these streets experiencing life and carrying their thoughts and deductions, imagined and actual to and from each other, insinuating their living organisms into the surroundings. Virginia Woolf set the scenes and actions of her novel at a historical time in tandem, with the time she and her Bloomsbury friends lived and existed in the same streets. Mary Datchet could have walked past Virginia Woolf herself walking through Russell Square to her office.
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An immaculately-observed social comedy that explores the boundaries between personal freedom and the demands of love, the Penguin Classics edition of Virginia Woolf's Night and Day is edited with an introduction and notes by Julia Briggs. Katharine Hilbery is beautiful and privileged, but uncertain of her future. She must choose between becoming engaged to the oddly prosaic poet William Rodney, and her dangerous attraction to the passionate Ralph Denham. As she struggles to decide, the lives of two other women - women's rights activist Mary Datchet and Katharine's mother, Margaret, struggling to weave together the documents, events and memories of her own father's life into a biography - impinge on hers with unexpected and intriguing consequences. Virginia Woolf's delicate second novel is both a love story and a social comedy, yet it also subtly undermines these traditions, questioning a woman's role and the very nature of experience. This edition of Night and Day includes a detailed introduction by Julia Briggs, which considers the key themes of the novel and its place in the tradition of social comedy, a map of central London of the period and notes. Virginia Woolf is regarded as a major 20th century author, a great novelist and essayist, and a key figure in literary history as a feminist and modernist.
However, as foolproof as that plan sounds, there is a subtle flaw, as my recent experiences will show. One of the obstacles in their way is the class gulf between them. In a novel like this, there are bound to be complications, and these are provided here by the supporting characters. Her visit late in the novel proves to be the final catalyst required to bring the main relationship to the boil, with Ralph and Katharine forced to decide whether they will follow their hearts or common sense. This is far from the whole story, though.
Night and Day is a novel by Virginia Woolf first published on 20 October The novel examines the relationships between love, marriage, happiness, and success. Dialogue and descriptions of thought and actions are used in equal amount, unlike in Woolf's later book, To the Lighthouse. Night and Day deals with issues concerning women's suffrage , if love and marriage can coexist, and if marriage is necessary for happiness. Motifs throughout the book includes the stars and sky, the River Thames , and walks. Katharine Hilbery is the granddaughter of a distinguished poet and belongs to a privileged class. Though her family is literary, Katharine secretly prefers mathematics and astronomy.