BRASS Stacks 3: The Mysterious Case of Miss V., by Virginia Woolf

The late 19th and early 20th century were the golden age of the ghost story. Some of the greatest tales of the supernatural were written at this time, including masterpieces by Sheridan Le Fanu, Algernon Blackwood and M.R. James, as well as short stories by such heavyweight novelists as Dickens,  George Eliot, and Henry James. A surprising name on this list is the Mistress of the Experimental Novel, Virginia Woolf.

What is a ghost? asks this exquisite and little-known story. In a few short pages, Woolf creates a comic, thoughtful, yet ultimately disturbing portrait of the woman always on the outskirts of the party, the ever-present but unknowable Miss V.


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