Virginia Woolf Radio Recording

Listen to this delightful 1937 BBC recording of English author Virginia Woolf talking about words. Her love for words clearly comes through — be sure to notice her use of personification and metaphor. Just the first few sentences sentences will give you a taste of her style.

Words, English words, are full of echoes, of memories, of associations – naturally. They have been out and about, on people’s lips, in their houses, in the streets, in the fields, for so many centuries. And that is one of the chief difficulties in writing them today – that they are so stored with meanings, with memories, that they have contracted so many famous marriages.

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