Bell, Vanessa. Hard Cover. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1931. First American Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First American edition, second impression. Publisher's dull blue cloth, stamped in gilt to spine. A very good copy with fading to spine and darkening to gilt, lightly worn to spine ends and with a faint circular imprint to each board, fine interior; includes the original dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell, significantly toned and worn to extremities, with loss to top edge and spine ends, and a small hole to spine panel. Overall, a lovely copy with a presentable example of the original jacket. Kirkpatrick A16b. The Waves is Virginia Woolf's most experimental text, which pushes the boundaries of the novel both thematically and structurally. The plot focuses on the lives of six main characters, spanning from childhood to adulthood, and the text is comprised of the character's spoken soliloquies. Like much of Woolf's writing, The Waves is less plot-driven and more of a collection of captured moments; the beauty of The Waves lies in the eloquent descriptions of what Louis Kronenberger described as "the poetic symbols of life" in his 1931 review for The New York Times: "the changing seasons, day and night, bread and wine, fire and cold, time and space, birth and death and change." The Waves is arguably more poetry than novel, as Woolf used a variety of literary and poetic devices to blur the line between the two genres.