Virginia Woolf's Three Guineas, one of the most important political documents of the 1930s, elicited responses from readers who had never before felt compelled to write to an author. From 1938 until her death in 1941, Woolf corresponded with several of these readers, keeping many of their letters as what she termed "a valuable contribution to psychology."
Here for the first time are published 82 of the letters Woolf received about Three Guineas. Women and men of different classes, bus conductors, suffrage workers, disgruntled husbands, editors, write about what Woolf's words have meant to them, either to praise or to disparage, but all with that passionate engagement characteristic of the prelude to World War II.
Transcribed and annotated by Anna Snaith from the Monks House Papers at Sussex University, these letters afford an unusually frank insight into the contemporary reception of Woolf's pacifist-feminist polemic, and also an unmediated glimpse of the mind of the reading public in England in the late 1930s.