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Definition: Mrs Dalloway from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

Novel (1925) by Virginia Woolf. Clarissa Dalloway, a middle-aged ‘society woman’, drifts through a summer's day in London, preparing for the party she is to give that evening. A visit from a former suitor deepens her reflections, which combine many elements of past and present. At various points, her life, and those of her friends and family, interweave unknowingly with that of Septimus Warren Smith, a shell-shocked young man who is going mad.

Summary Article: Mrs Dalloway
From Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable

A novel (1925) by Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), with which she introduced the Stream of consciousness technique into her oeuvre. The action takes place on a single day, on which Clarissa Dalloway, the fashionable wife of a member of parliament, is due to hold a party. A sub-plot tells of the shell-shocked Septimus Smith, and at the end of the day he commits suicide. A gripping film version (1997) was directed by Marleen Gorris, with Vanessa Redgrave in the title role.

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