The London Scene essays by Virginia Woolf, from Good Housekeeping magazine


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’.

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1931–32, London
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Virginia Woolf, Robin Tanner, S G Hulme Beaman, Good Housekeeping, Jessie Wilcox Smith
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Robin Tanner: © Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts. Published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence.

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