Virago Modern Classics

Hi, folks!

The spring cleaning continues in this [blank] garden of mine! As I mentioned last week, I decided to transfer some of my reading project pages to regular posts – so, bear with me.

The Virago Project is a personal long-term project of mine, where I intend to read my way through the entire Virago Modern Classics’ list. Virago is a British publishing company founded in 1973 by Carmen Callil, primarily to publish books by women. There is a BBC documentary about it here.

The Virago Modern Classics series, “dedicated to the celebration of women writers and to the rediscovery and reprinting of their works,” was launched in May 1978, with the publication of Antonia White’s Frost in May. The series’ aim “was, and is, to demonstrate the existence of a female tradition in literature, and to broaden the sometimes narrow definition of a ‘classic'(…)“. 

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“Virago means heroic war-like woman, or, as the Thesaurus has it for a particular kind of woman: biddy, bitch, dragon, fire-eater, fury, harpy, harridan, hussy, muckraker, scold, she-devil, siren, spitfire, termagant, tigress, virago, vituperator, vixen, wench.”

I will update this post as I go along. You will be able to find a link to this post on my projects page.


Key:

  • Read books are marked as (✓)
  • Favourites are marked as (✨)
  • DNFed books are crossed off
  • Books I own are in bold
  • Books reissued in the 40th Anniversary Collection are marked as (💖)
  • Books reissued in the Designer Collection are marked as (🍏)
  • My reviews, when available, will be linked below

Info:

  • Start Date: 03.02.2016
  • Current score: 93/ 732
    • 40th Anniversary: 05/14
    • Designer Collection: 13/25
  • Books reviewed
  • Virago Modern Classics Bookclub: here and here
  • Virago List: here and here and here
  • The VMC Timeline: here
  • Goodreads list: here
  • LibraryThing list: here and here and here
  • Virago Tracker: here
  • Virago List Challenge: here and here
  • LibraryThing Group: here
  • Goodreads Group: here
  • Facebook Grouphere

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The List
  1. Frost in May by Antonia White 💖
  2. Mr Fortune’s Maggot by Sylvia Townsend Warner
  3. The True Heart by Sylvia Townsend Warner
  4. Letty Fox: Her Luck by Christina Stead
  5. For Love Alone by Christina Stead
  6. Precious Bane by Mary Webb
  7. The Holiday by Stevie Smith
  8. Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
  9. Enormous Changes at the Last Minute by Grace Paley
  10. ✨ Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles
  11. A Pin to See the Peepshow by F. Tennyson Jesse
  12. The Lacquer Lady by F. Tennyson Jesse
  13. The Lost Traveller by Antonia White
  14. The Sugar House by Antonia White
  15. Beyond the Glass by Antonia White
  16. The Semi-Attached Couple and the Semi-detached House by Emily Eden
  17. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb
  18. Pilgrimage, by Dorothy Richardson
    1. Pointed Roofs || Backwater || Honeycomb
    2. The Tunnel || Interim
    3. Deadlock || Revolving lights || The Trap
    4. Oberland || Dawn’s Left Hand || Clear Horizon || Dimple Hill || March Moonlight
  19. Over the Frontier by Stevie Smith
  20. The Beth Book by Sarah Grand
  21. ✨ A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
  22. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  23. The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
  24. The Little Disturbances of Man by Grace Paley
  25. Mary Olivier: A Life by May Sinclair
  26. The Life and Death of Harriet Frean by May Sinclair
  27. ✨ Novel on Yellow Paper by Stevie Smith
  28. Unsocial Socialist by G. Bernard Shaw
  29. Ann Veronica by H.G. Wells
  30. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith
  31. The Odd Women by George Gissing
  32. The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West 💖
  33. The Judge by Rebecca West
  34. Harriet Hume by Rebecca West
  35. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  36. The Third Miss Symons by F.M. Mayor
  37. Cotters’ England  by Christina Stead
  38. Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen
  39. Yonnondio by Tillie Olsen
  40. Spinster by Sylvia Ashton-Warner
  41. Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick
  42. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall
  43. ✨ The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns
  44. Strangers by Antonia White
  45. ✨ The Shutter of Snow by Emily Holmes Coleman
  46. ✨ The Love Child by Edith Oliver
  47. Plagued by the Nightingale by Kay Boyle
  48. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson
  49. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson
  50. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  51. The House in Dormer Forest by Mary Webb
  52. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin
  53. Invitation to the Waltz by Rosamond Lehmann
  54. The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann 💖
  55. Moonraker by F. Tennyson Jesse
  56. The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter 💖🍏
  57. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather
  58. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  59. A Little Tea, A Little Chat by Christina Stead
  60. The People with the Dogs by Christina Stead
  61. The Sheltered Life by Ellen Glasgow
  62. Virginia by Ellen Glasgow
  63. The Ladies of Lyndon by Margaret Kennedy
  64. Together and Apart by Margaret Kennedy
  65. Anderby Wold by Winifred Holtby
  66. The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby
  67. ✨ Cassandra at the Wedding, by Dorothy Baker
  68. Life Before Man by Margaret Atwood
  69. The Gipsy’s Baby by Rosamond Lehmann
  70. A Note in Music by Rosamond Lehmann
  71. The Harsh Voice by Rebecca West
  72. Daughter of Earth by Agnes Smedley
  73. The Orchid House by Phyllis Shand Alfey
  74. The Three Sisters by May Sinclair
  75. The Quest for Christa T. by Christa Wolf
  76. The Well of Lonelinessby Radclyffe Hall (1928)
  77. My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather
  78. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
  79. Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty
  80. The Robber Bridegroom by Eudora Welty
  81. Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood
  82. The Sleeping Beauty by Elizabeth Taylor
  83. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor 🍏
  84. Four Frightened People by E. Arnot Robertson
  85. Ordinary Families by E. Arnot Robertson
  86. The Beauties and the Furies by Christina Stead
  87. Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall
  88. Mandoa, Mandoa! by Winifred Holtby
  89. A Woman, by Sibilla Aleramo (tr. Rosalind Delmar)
  90. Company Parade by Storm Jameson
  91. Women Against Men by Storm Jameson
  92. From Man to Man by Olive Schreiner
  93. Seven for a Secret by Mary Webb
  94. The Ballad and the Source by Rosamond Lehmann
  95. A Sea-Grape Tree by Rosamond Lehmann
  96. The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter
  97. Miss Herbert by Christina Stead
  98. The Little Ottleys by Ada Leverson
  99. That’s How it Was by Maureen Duffy
  100. The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins 🍏
  101. Fraulein Schmidt and Mr. Anstruther, by Elizabeth von Arnim
  102. ✨ Vera, by Elizabeth von Arnim
  103. Keynotes and Discords, by George Egerton
  104. ✨ The World My Wilderness, by Rose Macaulay
  105. Told By An Idiot, by Rose Macaulay
  106. A Model Childhood, by Christa Wolf
  107. Deerbrook, by Harriet Martineau
  108. Deborah, by Esther Kreitman
  109. Our Spoons Came from Woolworths, by Barbara Comyns
  110. All Passion Spent, by Vita Sackville-West
  111. The Edwardians, by Vita Sackville-West
  112. ✓ In a Summer Season, by Elizabeth Taylor
  113. The Soul of Kindness, by Elizabeth Taylor
  114. The Land of Green Ginger, Winifred Holtby
  115. Joanna Godden, by Sheila Kaye-Smith
  116. Susan Spray – Sheila Kay Smith
  117. The Reef – Edith Wharton
  118. Roman Fever– Edith Wharton
  119. The Devastating Boys, by Elizabeth Taylor
  120. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow – M. Barnard Eldershaw
  121. The Roaring Nineties – Katharine Susannah Pritchard
  122. The Constant Nymph – Margaret Kennedy
  123. Hunt the Slipper, by Violet Trefusis
  124. The Corn King and the Spring Queen, by Naomi Mitchison
  125. I’m Not Complaining, by Ruth Adam
  126. Bodily Harm – Margaret Atwood
  127. The Ponder Heart – Eudora Welty
  128. O Pioneers! – Willa Cather
  129. The Lying Days – Nadine Gordimer
  130. Occasion for Loving – Nadine Gordimer
  131. The Golden Arrow – Mary Webb
  132. Love in Winter – Storm Jameson
  133. None Turn Back – Storm Jameson
  134. A Compass Error – Sybille Bedford
  135. Favourite of the Gods – Sybille Bedford
  136. Angel by Elizabeth Taylor 🍏
  137. Dancing Girls – Margaret Atwood
  138. The Rising Tide, by Molly Keane
  139. Devoted Ladies – Molly Keane
  140. Mary Lavelle – Kate O’Brien
  141. Miss Mole – E.H. Young
  142. The Misses Mallett – E.H. Young
  143. I Will Not Serve – Eveline Mahyere
  144. The Fountain Overflows – Rebecca West
  145. The Thinking Reed, by Rebecca West
  146. The Fruit of the Tree – Edith Wharton
  147. Madame de Treymes – Edith Wharton
  148. The Friendly Young Ladies, by Mary Renault
  149. The Play Room, by Olivia Manning
  150. The Doves of Venus – Olivia Manning
  151. Golden Miles – Katharine Susannah Pritchard
  152. Winged Seeds – Katharine Susannah Pritchar
  153. ✨Hester, by Margaret Oliphant (1883)
  154. Aurora Floyd – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  155. ✨ Belinda, by Rhoda Broughton
  156. Marcella – Mrs Humphrey Ward
  157. Luminous Isle, by Eliot Bliss
  158. Her, by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
  159. Bid Me to Live, by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
  160. The Optimist’s Daughter – Eudora Welty
  161. Shadows on the Rock – Willa Cather
  162. The Puzzleheaded Girl – Christina Stead
  163. ✨ Diary of a Provincial Lady, by E. M. Delafield 🍏
  164. The Devastating Boys and Other Stories – Elizabeth Taylor (*see 119* )
  165. Sisters by a River, by Barbara Comyns
  166. The Ha-Ha, by Jennifer Dawson
  167. Blood on the Dining Room Floor – Gertrude Stein
  168. Smoke and Other Early Stories, by Djuna Barnes
  169. That Lady – Kate O’Brien
  170. Never No More – Maura Laverty
  171. Women in the Wall – Julia O’Faolain
  172. Trooper to the Southern Cross – Angela Thirkell
  173. Bobbin Up – Dorothy Hewett
  174. Elizabeth and Her German Garden – Elizabeth von Arnim
  175. The Aloe – Katherine Mansfield
  176. No Signposts in the Sea, by Vita Sackville-West
  177. Travel Light, by Naomi Mitchison
  178. Jenny Wren – E.H. Young
  179. The Curate’s Wife – E.H. Young
  180. Old New York, Edith Wharton
  181. The Children, Edith Wharton
  182. The Collected Stories, Katherine Anne Porter
  183. Lucy Gayheart, Willa Cather
  184. The Wedding Group, by Elizabeth Taylor
  185. Palladian, by Elizabeth Taylor
  186. Troy Chimneys – Margaret Kennedy
  187. Lady Audley’s Secret, by Mary E. Braddon
  188. ✨ Red Pottage, by Mary Cholmondley
  189. Clever Women of the Family – Charlotte Yonge
  190. The Lifted Veil, George Eliot
  191. The Persimmon Tree, by Marjorie Barnard
  192. The Little Company – Eleanor Dark
  193. Poor Caroline – Winifred Holtby
  194. Two Days in Aragon – Molly Keane
  195. Mad Puppetstown – Molly Keane
  196. One Fine Day, by Mollie Panter-Downes
  197. The Gentlewomen – Laura Talbot
  198. On the Side of the Angels – Betty Miller
  199. Adam’s Breed – Radclyffe Hall
  200. ✨Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston 💖🍏
  201. ✨The Street, by Ann Petry
  202. Open the Door!, by Catherine Carswell
  203. Marriage, Susan Ferrier
  204. Crossriggs, Jane & Mary Findlater
  205. Rhapsody, by Dorothy Edwards
  206. Winter Sonata, by Dorothy Edwards
  207. A Stricken Field – Martha Gellhorn
  208. A Fine of Two Hundred Francs – Elsa Triolet
  209. Losing Battles – Eudora Welty
  210. Mary O’Grady – Mary Lavin
  211. No More Than Human – Maura Laverty
  212. Some Everyday Folk and Dawn – Miles Franklin
  213. Lantana Lane – Eleanor Dark
  214. Cecilia, Fanny Burney
  215. Millenium Hall – Sarah Scott
  216. ✨ A Game of Hide and Seek, by Elizabeth Taylor 🍏
  217. The Ghostly Lover – Elizabeth Hardwick
  218. Phoenix Fled, by Attia Hosain
  219. Mother’s Recompense, Edith Wharton
  220. Hudson River Bracketed, Edith Wharton
  221. Barren Ground – Ellen Glasgow
  222. Her Son’s Wife – Dorothy Canfield
  223. Omnibus (The Weather in the Streets/Frost in May/All Passion Spent)
  224. The Enchanted April, by  Elizabeth von Arnim 🍏
  225. Saraband – Eliot Bliss
  226. ✨The Skin Chairs, by Barbara Comyns
  227. Year Before Last – Kay Boyle
  228. My Last Bride- Kay Boyle
  229. Chronicles of Carlingford by Margaret Oliphant
  230. (227) The Rector and The Doctor’s Family – Mrs Oliphant
  231. (228) Salem Chapel – Mrs Oliphant
  232. The Salzburg Tales – Christina Stead
  233. Cindie – Jean Devanny
  234. Painted Clay, by Capel Boake
  235. Full House – Molly Keane
  236. Without My Cloak – Kate O’Brien
  237. Family History – Vita Sackville-West
  238. The Birds Fall Down, by Rebecca West
  239. The Blush and Other Stories – Elizabeth Taylor
  240. Sapphira and the Slave Girl – Willa Cather
  241. Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead, by Barbara Comyns
  242. ✨ One Way of Love , by Gamel Woolsey
  243. Love Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister – Aphra Behn
  244. The Living Is Easy, by Dorothy West
  245. Chatterton Square – E.H. Young
  246. The Perpetual Curate – Mrs Oliphant
  247. The Three Miss Kings – Ada Cambridge
  248. A View of the Harbour, by Elizabeth Taylor 💖
  249. The Squire – Enid Bagnold
  250. The Happy Foreigner, by Enid Bagnold
  251. Liana – Martha Gellhorn
  252. The Matriarch, by G. B. Stern
  253. Hungry Hearts and Other Stories – Anzia Yezierska
  254. The Stone Angel – Margaret Laurence
  255. A Jest of God – Margaret Laurence
  256. The Gods Arrive, Edith Wharton
  257. The Brimming Cup – Dorothy Canfield
  258. Taking Chances – Molly Keane
  259. Rumour of Heaven, by Beatrix Lehmann
  260. Summer Will Show – Sylvia Townsend Warner
  261. The Pastor’s Wife – Elizabeth von Arnim
  262. The Rector’s Daughter – F.M. Mayor
  263. The Squire’s Daughter – F.M. Mayor
  264. The Camomile – Catherine Carswell
  265. The Simple Truth, by Elizabeth Hardwick
  266. The New House, by Lettice Cooper
  267. Fenny by Lettice Cooper
  268. The Fly on the Wheel – Katherine Thurston
  269. The House in Clewe Street – Mary Lavin
  270. A Saturday Life – Radclyffe Hall
  271. Olivia, by Dorothy Bussy (née Strachey)
  272. Seducers in Ecuador and the Heir, by Vita Sackville-West
  273. This Real Night, by Rebecca West
  274. The Overlanders – Dora Birtles
  275. One of Ours, Willa Cather
  276. (272) A Wreath for the Enemy, by Pamela Frankau
  277. South Riding – Winifred Holtby
  278. The Armour Wherein He Trusted – Mary Webb
  279. Tea at Four o’Clock, by Janet McNeill
  280. Jonah’s Gourd Vine – Zora Neale Hurston
  281. She Knew She Was Right – Ivy Litvinov
  282. At Mrs Lippincote’s, by Elizabeth Taylor
  283. The Brontes Went to Woolworths – Rachel Ferguson
  284. At the Still Point – Mary Benson
  285. The Loved and Envied, by Enid Bagnold
  286. The Daisy Chain – Charlotte Yonge
  287. Poor Cow – Nell Dunn
  288. Up the Junction – Nell Dunn
  289. The Wild Geese – Bridget Boland
  290. Loving Without Tears – Molly Keane
  291. The Land of Spices – Kate O’Brien
  292. Aleta Dey – Francis Marion Beynon
  293. Fireworks – Angela Carter
  294. The Way Things Are, by E.M. Delafield
  295. Thank Heaven Fasting, by E.M. Delafield
  296. William – E.H. Young
  297. The Willow Cabin, by Pamela Frankau
  298. A Wreath for the Enemy, by Pamela Frankau (*see 272*)
  299. Sunlight on a Broken Column – Attia Hossein
  300. Phoenix Fled – Attia Hossein (*see 216*)
  301. Love, Elizabeth von Arnim
  302. ✨ The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton
  303. The Corner that Held Them, by Sylvia Townsend Warner
  304. ✨Miss Marjoribanks, by Margaret Oliphant
  305. A Deputy Was King – G.B. Stern
  306. The Wind Changes, by Olivia Manning
  307. Cousin Rosamund, by Rebecca West
  308. ✨ The Fire-Dwellers, by Margaret Laurence
  309. Not So Quiet, by Helen Zenna Smith
  310. We That Were Young, by Irene Rathbone
  311. The Story of an African Farm – Olive Schreiner
  312. A Touch of Mistletoe, by Barbara Comyns
  313. Blue Skies & Jack & Jill – Helen Hodgson
  314. Phoebe, Junior, Mrs Oliphant
  315. The Winged Horse – Pamela Frankau
  316. Brother Jacob,  George Eliot
  317. Clash – Ellen Wilkinson
  318. The Caravaners – Elizabeth von Arnim
  319. ✨ Cassandra, by Christa Wolf
  320. Tortoise by Candlelight – Nina Bawden
  321. What’s It Like Out? – Penelope Gilliatt
  322. Music Upstairs – Shena Mackay
  323. My Friend Says It’s Bullet-proof, by Penelope Mortimer
  324. The Microcosm – Maureen Duffy
  325. Journey to Paradise, by Dorothy Richardson
  326. Cullum – E. Arnot Robinson
  327. The Diviners – Margaret Laurence
  328. Young Entry – Molly Keane
  329. The Ante-Room – Kate O’Brien
  330. Seventh Horse & Other Tales by Leonora Carrington
  331. After the Death of Don Juan – Sylvia Townsend Warner
  332. Everything Is Nice (Collected Stories) by Jane Bowles
  333. Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther
  334. Peking Picnic by Ann Bridge
  335. The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  336. Celia – E.H. Young
  337. A Little Love, A Little Learning – Nina Bawden
  338. Nobody’s Business – Penelope Gilliatt
  339. Borderline – Janette Turner Hospital
  340. Dust Falls on Eugene Schlumberger – Shena Mackay
  341. Eight Cousins, Louisa May Alcott
  342. A Rose in Bloom, Louisa May Alcott
  343. Alexander’s Bridge, Willa Cather
  344. Zoe,  Geraldine Jewsbury
  345. ✨ Good Daughters, by Mary Hocking
  346. Emma, Jane Austen
  347. Indifferent Heroes,  Mary Hocking
  348. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  349. Welcome Strangers, Mary Hocking
  350. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
  351. Persuasion, Jane Austen
  352. Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
  353. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
  354. Selected Stories, by Sylvia Townsend Warner
  355. Illyrian Spring, by Ann Bridge
  356. The Last of Summer – Kate O’Brien
  357. Hester Lilly and Other Stories – Elizabeth Taylor
  358. The Rock Cried Out – Ellen Douglas
  359. A Particular Place – Mary Hocking
  360. ✨ The King of a Rainy Country, by Brigid Brophy
  361. Two Worlds and Their Ways, by Ivy Compton-Burnett
  362. The Mighty and Their Fall, Ivy Compton-Burnett
  363. Treasure Hunt – Molly Keane
  364. Villette, Charlotte Bronte
  365. ✨ Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
  366. Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte
  367. The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rugen – Elizabeth von Arnim
  368. Try Anything Twice – Jan Struther
  369. Sunflower, by Rebecca West
  370. Tell Me a Riddle & Yonnondio, by Tillie Olsen ( *see 38/39*)
  371. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
  372. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton
  373. A Woman of My Age – Nina Bawden
  374. As Once in May – Antonia White
  375. Conversation Piece – Molly Keane
  376. The Birds on the Trees, by Nina Bawden
  377. Hackenfeller’s Ape, by Brigid Brophy
  378. ✨The Hearing Trumpet, by Leonora Carrington
  379. The Golden Spur – Dawn Powell
  380. Blaming, by Elizabeth Taylor
  381. A Heritage and Its History, Ivy Compton-Burnett
  382. The Vicar’s Daughter – E.H. Young
  383. The Four-Chambered Heart – Anais Nin
  384. Walking Naked – Nina Bawden
  385. White Bird Passes – Jessie Kesson
  386. Another Time, Another Place – Jessie Kesson
  387. A Dedicated Man and Other Stories – Elizabeth Taylor
  388. The Ice House – Nina Bawden
  389. The Solitary Summer – Nina Bawden
  390. The Other Woman – Colette
  391. Collages – Anais Nin
  392. Crewe Train – Rose Macaulay
  393. Where the Apple Ripens and Other Stories – Jessie Kesson
  394. Glitter of Mica – Jessie Kesson
  395. The Grain of Truth – Nina Bawden
  396. The Knight of Cheerful Countenance – Molly Keane
  397. The Dud Avocado, by Elaine Dundy 💖🍏
  398. Lolly Willowes, by Sylvia Townsend Warner
  399. Mr Skeffington – Elizabeth von Arnim
  400. A Wreath of Roses, by Elizabeth Taylor
  401. Familiar Passions – Nina Bawden
  402. Mother and Son, Ivy Compton-Burnett
  403. Christopher and Colombus, by Elizabeth von Arnim
  404. George Beneath a Paper Moon – Nina Bawden
  405. All the Dogs of My Life – Elizabeth von Arnim
  406. Glimpses of the Moon, Edith Wharton
  407. No Place on Earth by Christa Wolf
  408. The Custom of the Country- Edith Wharton
  409. The Constant Sinner – Mae West
  410. She Done Him Wrong – Mae West
  411. Anna Apparent, Nina Bawden
  412. Curious, If True: Strange Tales, Elizabeth Gaskell
  413. Several Perceptions – Angela Carter
  414. The Transit of Venus, by Shirley Hazzard
  415. A Very Great Profession, by Nicola Beaumann
  416. A Suppressed Cry – Victoria Glendinning
  417. Twilight Sleep, Edith Wharton
  418. The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton, Edith Wharton 🍏
  419. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
  420. The Sheik – E.M. Hull
  421. The Way of an Eagle – E.M. Hull
  422. Three Weeks – Elinor Glyn
  423. Union Street – Pat Barker
  424. Blow Your House Down – Pat Barker
  425. Pirates at Play – Violet Trefusis
  426. Liza’s England – Pat Barker
  427. Playing the Harlot – Patricia Avis
  428. A Virtuous Woman – Kaye Gibbons
  429. You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town – Zoe Wicomb
  430. The Orlando Trilogy, by Isabel Colegate
  431. Heartburn – Nora Ephron 💖
  432. The Hours Before Dawn, by Celia Fremlin
  433. Sheep’s Clothing, by Celia Dale
  434. The Rising of the Moon, by Gladys Mitchell
  435. A Death in the Life – Dorothy Salisbury Davis
  436. The Last Magician – Janette Turner Hospital
  437. Christina Rossetti – Frances Thomas
  438. Joanna – Lisa St Aubin de Teran
  439. The Richer, The Poorer – Dorothy West
  440. The Wedding – Dorothy West
  441. Family Money – Nina Bawden
  442. Devil by the Sea – Nina Bawden
  443. Daddy Was a Number Runner – Louise Meriwether
  444. The Flint Anchor – Sylvia Townsend Warner
  445. The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
  446. The Women’s Room – Marilyn French
  447. The Bull Calves – Naomi Mitchison
  448. Sights Unseen – Kaye Gibbons
  449. Charms for the Easy Life – Kaye Gibbons
  450. Dangerous Calm – Elizabeth Taylor
  451. Shadow Dance – Angela Carter
  452. Dear Departed – Marguerite Yourcenar
  453. Circles of Deceit – Nina Bawden
  454. Seventh Heaven – A. Hoffman
  455. The Bleeding Heart – Marilyn French
  456. Dessa Rose – Sherley Anne Williams
  457. The Bay of Noon – Shirley Hazzard
  458. The Spoilt Kill – Mary Kelly
  459. Ellen Foster – Kaye Gibbons
  460. Solstice – Joyce Carol Oates
  461. Expensive People – Joyce Carol Oates
  462. Afternoon of a Good Woman – Nina Bawden
  463. The Collected Stories – Eudora Welty
  464. How Many Years – Marguerite Yourcenar
  465. Remember, Remember! The Selected Stories of Winifred Holtby – ed. Marion Shaw
  466. Kinflicks – Lisa Alther
  467. John Brown’s Body – A.L. Barker
  468. The Gooseboy – A.L. Barker
  469. A Woman of Independent Means – E.F. Hailey
  470. The Men’s Room – Ann Oakley
  471. Love of Worker Bees/A Great Love – Alexandra Kollantai
  472. The Dark Tide – Vera Brittain
  473. New York Mosaic – Isabel Bolton
  474. The Bread and Butter Stories – Mary Norton
  475. Honourable Estate – Vera Brittain
  476. Dusty Answer, by Rosamond Lehmann
  477. The Echoing Grove – Rosamond Lehmann
  478. The Sugar Mother – Elizabeth Jolley
  479. The Newspaper from Claremont Street – Elizabeth Jolley
  480. A Woman’s Guide to Adultery – Carol Clewlow
  481. A Garden of Earthly Delights – Joyce Carol Oates
  482. Original Sins – Lisa Alther
  483. ✨ Good Behaviour, by Molly Keane 🍏
  484. Time After Time – Molly Keane
  485. Loving and Giving – Molly Keane
  486. Love Lessons – Joan Wyndham
  487. Manhattan, When I Was Young – Mary Cantwell
  488. The Odd Woman – Gail Godwin
  489. Peyton Place – Grace Matalious
  490. Now in November – Josephine Johnson
  491. Provincial Daughter – R.M. Dashwood
  492. The Bondwoman’s Narrative – Hannah Crafts
  493. The Eye of Love – Margery Sharp
  494. Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann 🍏
  495. The Good Husband – Gail Godwin
  496. 84 Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff 🍏
  497. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier 🍏
  498. Jamaica Inn – Daphne du Maurier 🍏
  499. Frenchman’s Creek – Daphne du Maurier 🍏
  500. ✨ My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne du Maurier 🍏
  501. The House on the Strand – Daphne du Maurier
  502. Submerged – A.L. Barker
  503. All Men Are Mortal – Simone de Beauvoir
  504. Paris Was Yesterday – Janet Flanner
  505. All of Us There – Polly Devlin
  506. The Loving Spirit – Daphne du Maurier
  507. The Birds and Other Stories, by Daphne du Maurier 🍏
  508. The King’s General – Daphne du Maurier
  509. The Rebecca Notebook, by Daphne du Maurier
  510. Mary Anne – Daphne du Maurier
  511. The Scapegoat – Daphne du Maurier
  512. The du Mauriers – Daphne du Maurier
  513. Myself When Young – Daphne du Maurier
  514. Rule Britannia – Daphne du Maurier
  515. Julius – Daphne du Maurier
  516. The Glass-Blowers – Daphne du Maurier
  517. Gerald: A Portrait – Daphne du Maurier
  518. Castle Dor – Daphne du Maurier
  519. Live Alone and Like It – Marjorie Hillis
  520. Round About a Pound a Week – Maud Pember Reeves
  521. Mother Country – Elisabeth Russell Taylor
  522. The Sin Eater – Alice Thomas Ellis
  523. The Summerhouse Trilogy – Alice Thomas Ellis
  524. I’ll Never Be Young Again – Daphne du Maurier
  525. The Flight of the Falcon – Daphne du Maurier
  526. The Old Man and Me – Elaine Dundy
  527. Parasites – Daphne du Maurier
  528. The Rendezvous and Other Stories – Daphne du Maurier
  529. Pillion Riders – Elisabeth Russell Taylor
  530. Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady – Florence Kinge
  531. Christine – Madeleine Masson
  532. The Winding Stair – Daphne du Maurier
  533. The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte – Daphne du Maurier
  534. Beyond These Walls – Janina Bauman
  535. Symposium – Muriel Spark
  536. Loitering with Intent – Muriel Spark
  537. Vanishing Cornwall – Daphne du Maurier
  538. Golden Lads – Daphne du Maurier
  539. The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough
  540. Jane and Prudence – Barbara Pym
  541. West with the Night – Beryl Markham
  542. An Angel at My Table, by Janet Frame
  543. The Diary of Helena Morley (tr. Elizabeth Bishop)
  544. Hungry Hill – Daphne du Maurier
  545. No Fond Return of Love – Barbara Pym
  546. The Yellow Wallpaper and Selected Writings, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  547. Faces in the Water – Janet Frame 💖
  548. Nightingale Wood – Stella Gibbons
  549. The Breaking Point and Other Stories – Daphne du Maurier
  550. Some Tame Gazelle – Barbara Pym
  551. ✨ The Comforters, by Muriel Spark
  552. ✨ Excellent Women – Barbara Pym 🍏
  553. When Rain Clouds Gather – Bessie Head
  554. Living in the Maniototo – Janet Frame
  555. A Far Cry from Kensington – Muriel Spark 🍏
  556. A Glass of Blessings – Barbara Pym
  557. The Group – Mary McCarthy
  558. Memento Mori – Muriel Spark 💖
  559. Less Than Angels – Barbara Pym
  560. Desert of the Heart – Jane Rule
  561. The Daylight and the Dust:Selected Short Stories – Janet Frame
  562. 117 Days – Ruth First
  563. Challenge – Vita Sackville-West
  564. The Doll: Short Stories – Daphne du Maurier
  565. Civil to Strangers – Barbara Pym
  566. The Company She Keeps – Mary McCarthy
  567. Damage – Josephine Hart
  568. Sin – Josephine Hart
  569. A Woman in Berlin – Anonymous
  570. An Academic Question – Barbara Pym
  571. ✨ Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain
  572. Testament of Friendship – Vera Brittain
  573. The Complete Short Stories of Elizabeth Taylor
  574. The River – Rumer Godden
  575. Black Narcissus, by Rumer Godden 🍏
  576. Kingfishers Catch Fire – Rumer Godden
  577. Crampton Hodnet – Barbara Pym
  578. High Rising – Angela Thirkell
  579. Wild Strawberries – Angela Thirkell
  580. Tin Toys Trilogy – Ursula Holden
  581. In Diamond Square – Merce Rodoreda
  582. Breakfast with the Nikolides – Rumer Godden
  583. The Battle of the Villa Fiorita – Rumer Godden
  584. A Fugue in Time – Rumer Godden
  585. Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy – Rumer Godden
  586. Cromartie v. the God Shiva – Rumer Godden
  587. China Court – Rumer Godden
  588. In This House of Brede – Rumer Godden
  589. Listen to the Nightingale – Rumer Godden
  590. Thursday’s Children – Rumer Godden
  591. The Dark Horse (Children’s) – Rumer Godden
  592. An Episode of Sparrows (Children’s) – Rumer Godden
  593. ✨ Harriet Said…, by Beryl Bainbridge
  594. A Weekend With Claude – Beryl Bainbridge
  595. Sweet William – Beryl Bainbridge
  596. A Quiet Life – Beryl Bainbridge
  597. The Mandelbaum Gate – Muriel Spark
  598. Pomfret Towers – Angela Thirkell
  599. ✨ The Charioteer, by Mary Renault
  600. Emily of New Moon – L.M. Montgomery
  601. Emily Climbs – L.M. Montgomery
  602. Emily’s Quest – L.M. Montgomery
  603. Christmas at High Rising – Angela Thirkell
  604. One Pair of Feet – Monica Dickens
  605. Summer Half – Angela Thirkell
  606. August Folly – Angela Thirkell
  607. The Brandons – Angela Thirkell
  608. Territorial Rights – Muriel Spark
  609. The Public Image – Muriel Spark
  610. (601) Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith 🍏
  611. (602) ✓ The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith 🍏
  612. (603) Ripley Under Ground by Patricia Highsmith
  613. (604) Ripley’s Game by Patricia Highsmith
  614. The Boy Who Followed Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
  615. (606) Ripley Under Water by Patricia Highsmith
  616. Deep Water, by Patricia Highsmith 💖
  617. (608) Mermaids on the Golf Course by Patricia Highsmith
  618. (609) The Animal-Lover’s Book of Beastly Murder by Patricia Highsmith
  619. (610) Tales of Natural and Unnatural Catastrophes by Patricia Highsmith
  620. (611) Slowly, Slowly in the Wind by Patricia Highsmith
  621. (612) The Black House by Patricia Highsmith
  622. (613) This Sweet Sickness by Patricia Highsmith
  623. The Tremor of Forgery – Patricia Highsmith
  624. (615) The Cry of the Owl by Patricia Highsmith
  625. (616) ✓ Carol by Patricia Highsmith
  626. Purposes of Love – Mary Renault
  627. Return to Night – Mary Renault
  628. Rilla of Ingleside – L.M. Montgomery
  629. Jane of Lantern Hill – L.M. Montgomery
  630. A Suspension of Mercy – Patricia Highsmith
  631. Kind are her Answers – Mary Renault
  632. North Face – Mary Renault
  633. Fire From Heaven – Mary Renault 💖
  634. The Persian Boy – Mary Renault
  635. (625) Nothing That Meets the Eye: The Uncollected Stories of Patricia Highsmith by Patricia Highsmith
  636. Those Who Walk Away – Patricia Highsmith
  637. (627) Funeral Games by Mary Renault
  638. The Glass Cell – Patricia Highsmith
  639. Little Tales of Misogyny – Patricia Highsmith
  640. The Lady and the Unicorn – Rumer Godden
  641. Aunt Sass – Christmas Stories – P.L. Travers
  642. I Go by Sea, I Go by Land – P.L. Travers
  643. Mossy Trotter – Elizabeth Taylor
  644. The King Must Die – Mary Renault
  645. The Bull From The Sea – Mary Renault
  646. The Blunderer – Patricia Highsmith
  647. Edith’s Diary – Patricia Highsmith
  648. The Praise Singer – Mary Renault
  649. The Mask of Apollo – Mary Renault
  650. The Last of the Wine – Mary Renault
  651. The Serial Garden – Joan Aiken
  652. The Kingdom and the Cave – Joan Aiken
  653. (?) Ruffian on the Stair – Nina Bawden
  654. (643) A Game for the Living – Patricia Highsmith
  655. The Fox at the Manger – P.L. Travers
  656. Small G – Patricia Highsmith
  657. Found in the Street – Patricia Highsmith
  658. A Dog’s Ransom – Patricia Highsmith
  659. A Bowl of Cherries, by Shena Mackay
  660. Dreams of Dead Women’s Handbags, by Shena Mackay
  661. Babies in Rhinestones, by Shena Mackay
  662. An Advent Calendar, by Shena Mackay
  663. Old Crow, by Shena Mackay
  664. The Laughing Academy, by Shena Mackay
  665. The World’s Smallest Unicorn, by Shena Mackay
  666. (?) Wayward Girls and Wicked Women – Angela Carter
  667. (?) Some Kind of Black – Diran Adebayo
  668. (?) The Diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner
  669. (?) ✓ Owls Do Cry, by Janet Frame
  670. (?) ✓ Towards Another Summer, by Janet Frame
  671. Before Lunch, by Angela Thirkell
  672. Northbridge Rectory, by Angela Thirkell
  673. Cheerfulness Breaks In, by Angela Thirkell
  674. Growing Up, by Angela Thirkell
  675. Dunedin, by Shena Mackay
  676. (?) The Orchard on fire,  Shena Mackay
  677. This Sweet Sickness, by Patricia Highsmith
  678. A Game for the Living, by Patricia Highsmith
  679. People Who Knock on the Door, by Patricia Highsmith
  680. The Gift Giving, by Joan Aiken
  681. Marling Hall, by Angela Thirkell
  682. The Headmistress, by Angela Thirkell
  683. Miss Bunting, by Angela Thirkell
  684. Sadeian Women, by Angela Carter
  685. The Artist’s Widow, by Shena Mackay
  686. The Atmospheric Railway Shena Mackay
  687. Redhill Rococo Shena Mackay
  688. Nothing Sacred Angela Carter
  689. Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
  690. Anne of Avonlea L. M. Montgomery
  691. Anne of the Island L. M. Montgomery
  692. Anne of Windy Willows L. M. Montgomery
  693. Anne’s House of Dreams L. M. Montgomery
  694. Anne of Ingleside L. M. Montgomery
  695. Rainbow Valley L. M. Montgomery
  696. Keeping Henry Nina Bawden
  697. A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett
  698. The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
  699. What Katy Did Susan Coolidge
  700. What Katy Did at School Susan Coolidge
  701. What Katy Did Next Susan Coolidge
  702. The Wouldbegoods E. Nesbit
  703. The Story of the Treasure Seekers E. Nesbit
  704. New Treasure Seekers E. Nesbit
  705. Five Children and It E. Nesbit
  706. (?) The Collected Stories, by Grace Paley 💖
  707. Writers As Readers 💖🍏
  708. Don’t Look Now, by Daphne du Maurier 🍏
  709. Under a Dark Angel’s Eye: Selected Stories, by Patricia Highsmith
  710. The Phoenix and the Carpet E. Nesbit
  711. The Story of the Amulet E. Nesbit
  712. Peace Breaks Out Angela Thirkell
  713. Heligoland Shena Mackay
  714. The Peppermint Pig Nina Bawden
  715. Carrie’s War Nina Bawden
  716. The Railway Children E. Nesbit
  717. The Observing Eye Muriel Spark
  718. Apple Bough Noel Streatfeild
  719. Caldicott Place Noel Streatfeild
  720. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
  721. Good Wives Louisa May Alcott
  722. Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  723. Jo’s Boys Louisa May Alcott
  724. The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, ed. Helena Whitbread
  725. Corregidora Gayl Jones
  726. ✨ The Seventh Cross, by Anna Seghers (tr. Margo Bettauer Dembo)
  727. Chasm: A Weekend Dorothea Tanning
  728. ✨ Eva’s Man, by Gayl Jones
  729. The Healing Gayl Jones
  730. ✨ Dust Tracks on a Road, by Zora Neale Hurston
  731. Wave Me Goodbye: Second World War Stories, ed. Anne Boston
  732. The Narrows, by Ann Petry

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Yours truly,

J.


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11 thoughts on “Virago Modern Classics

  1. It’s such an exciting and ambitious project. I have a small collection myself and always intend to at least dedicate a project to reading those.
    I’m sure you’ll discover many treasures. Thanks for sharing it. It’s a great resource.

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