This playful, witty biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s pet spaniel – involving Italian travels and kidnappings – asks what it is to be a dog, and a human.
‘Things are not simple but complex. If he bit Mr. Browning he bit her too. Hatred is not hatred; hatred is also love.’
Virginia Woolf’s delightful biography of the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s spaniel, which asks what it means to be human – and to be dog.
One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics’ huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries – including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.
About the Author
Virginia Woolf, born in 1882, was the major novelist at the heart of the inter-war Bloomsbury Group. Her early novels include The Voyage Out, Night and Day and Jacob’s Room. Between 1925 and 1931 she produced her finest masterpieces, including Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando and the experimental The Waves. Her later novels include The Years and Between the Acts, and she also maintained an astonishing output of literary criticism, journalism and biography, including the passionate feminist essay A Room of One’s Own. Suffering from depression, she drowned herself in the River Ouse in 1941.