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The Theory of the Leisure Class (Modern Library Classics)
Thorstein Veblen, Alan Wolfe
On Being Ill: with Notes from Sick Rooms by Julia Stephen - Virginia Woolf, Hermione Lee, Julia Stephen Virginia Woolf's article "On Being Ill" is paired with her mother's guide to amateur nursing, "Notes From Sick Rooms." Hermione Lee and Mark Hussey provide wonderful accompanying essays on the context in which these pieces were written and the interesting ways in which reading them together assists in understanding Woolf, Stephen, and illness. I loved the writing in Woolf's "On Being Ill" (I had to pause every paragraph just to savor the words) and found Stephen's guide to be a lovely historical artifact. Both Stephen and Woolf view the ill as being very sensitive to sensation and imagination, but Stephen is more focused on how to make them comfortable, while it seems that Woolf posits the impossibility of understanding or truly commiserating with the ill, and so concentrates instead on how it feels to be ill and therefore solitary and alienated.