The Widow and the Parrot

by Virginia Woolf

Other authorsJulian Bell (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1988

Status

Available

Publication

San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1988],

Description

When the house she has inherited from her miserly brother burns down, a widow from Yorkshire adopts a parrot which leads her to a hidden treasure.

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LibraryThing member VivienneR
The Widow and the Parrot was written by Virginia Woolf for her young nephews, Quentin and Julian Bell, who produced a daily family newspaper - and who were not impressed and considered rejecting their famous aunt's submission. The boys expected a witty, lighthearted story typical of Woolf's conversation, but instead got a Victorian "improving story" with a moral. Thankfully the story was discovered 60 years later and published with an afterword by nephew Quentin, who relates the history. He said as a child he tried to read his aunt's famous book Kew Gardens but failed to finish it. He found The Widow and the Parrot to be even worse! Fortunately he became more appreciative as an adult. The author's grand-nephew Julian Bell, an artist, has beautifully illustrated the book.… (more)
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
not in Douglas or Clan

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