Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thirty Years of Virago Paperbacks.

Rachel Cooke's interesting Guardian article features the 30th anniversary of Virago Modern Classics, an imprint that has showcased the work of many underappreciated female writers, such as Miles Franklin; Winifred Holtby; Rose Macaulay; Muriel Spark; Rebecca West; and the individual who introduced West to her future husband, Vera Brittain. (U.S. authors include Willa Cather, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Helene Hanff, Eudora Welty, and Dorothy West.)

Cooke points out that Virago's edition of Daphne du Maurier's Hungry Hill (orig. publ. 1943) "means, thrillingly, that every one of her books is back in print."

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