Between the Acts - Virginia Woolf

Between the Acts

By Virginia Woolf

  • Release Date: 2008-06-23
  • Genre: Literary


The annotated edition of the renowned author’s last novel: a tale of an English village celebrating the nation’s history as WWII looms.

Between the Acts takes place on a June day in 1939 at Pointz Hall, the Oliver family’s country house in the heart of England. In the garden, everyone from the village has gathered to present the annual pageant—scenes from the history of England starting with the Middle Ages. As the story of England unfolds, the lives of the villagers also take shape. The past blends with the present and art blends with life in a narrative full of invention and lyricism.

Through her character’s passionate musings and private dramas, and through the enigmatic figure of the pageant author, Miss La Trobe, Virginia Woolf’s final novel both celebrates and satirizes Englishness. This edition of Between the Acts features annotation and an introduction by literary critic and Virginia Woolf specialist Melba Cuddy-Keane.