Writing Isn’t a Craft -V. Woolf

Why Writing Isn’t a Craft

In this rare, 1937 recording, Virgina Woolf explains in her own words why writing isn’t a craft.

“Craft,” ways Woolf, applies to “making useful objects out of solid matter,” and it also stands as a synonym for “cajolery, cunning, deceit.” In either usage, the word mischaracterizes the act of writing. “Words,” Woolf says, echoing her contemporary Oscar Wilde, “never make anything that is useful.”

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