The London Scene is a series of six essays by Virginia Woolf that vividly explore life in 1930s London, guiding the reader through its streets and buildings and past its inhabitants. Originally commissioned by the popular women’s magazine, Good Housekeeping, the essays are an example of Woolf’s lesser-known commercial journalism.
Shown here are the first two essays from the series, ‘The Docks of London’ and ‘Oxford Street Tide’.
- Full title:
- Good Housekeeping
- 1931–32, London
- Hearst Magazines UK
- Periodical / Illustration / Image
- Virginia Woolf, Robin Tanner, S G Hulme Beaman, Good Housekeeping, Jessie Wilcox Smith
- Usage terms
Virginia Woolf: © The Society of Authors as the Literary Representative of the Estate of Virginia Woolf. You may not use the material for commercial purposes. Please credit the copyright holder when reusing this work.
Good Housekeeping: This material is in the Public Domain.
Robin Tanner: © Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts. Published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence.
S G Hulme Beaman: This material is in the Public Domain.
Jessie Wilcox Smith: This material is in the Public Domain.
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- British Library
- Article by:
- David Bradshaw
- Literature 1900–1950, Capturing and creating the modern
Virginia Woolf loved London, and her novel Mrs Dalloway famously begins with Clarissa Dalloway walking through the city. David Bradshaw investigates how the excitement, beauty and inequalities of London influenced Woolf's writing.