How does Virginia Woolf portray the role of the female writer or artist in society in two of her writings?
In The Voyage Out, her first novel, Virginia Woolf offers the figure of Miss Allen, a single woman and a writer. Although Rachel does not fully appreciate this woman, Woolf portrays her as a positive figure, wise and kind, with a room that reflects her interests:
There were no variously coloured hatpins on her dressing-table; no scent-bottles; no narrow curved pairs of scissors; no great variety of shoes and boots; no silk petticoats lying on the chairs. The room was extremely neat. There seemed to be two pairs of everything. The writing-table, however, was piled with manuscript, and a table was drawn out to stand by the arm-chair on which were two separate heaps of dark library books.
Miss Allen is working on books about literature in the different "ages," such as the age of Elizabeth and the age of Dryden. As the above quote...
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