A Room of One's Own is an extended essay by English novelist Virginia Woolf that was first published in 1929. It was based on papers delivered at Newnham and Girton Colleges—then the two women’s colleges at Cambridge University—on the topic of “Women and Fiction.” Never losing sight of her undergraduate audience, Woolf provides a brief history of women’s writing in English, a scathing account of the ways in which women have been discouraged from writing, and a recommendation for changing matters: “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”


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