Margaret Paston

Standard Name: Paston, Margaret


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Textual Features Virginia Woolf
The second part of the story gives excerpts of the diary, which makes heard the voice of an earlier Judith Shakespeare, a woman's writing (like that of Margaret Paston ) which also seeks to capture...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Virginia Woolf
The book's contents consisted largely of already published journalism, carefully revised for the collection.
McNeillie, Andrew, and Virginia Woolf. “Introduction”. The Common Reader, Annotated Edition, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984, p. ix - xv.
Woolf had put detailed consideration into the idea of making a structure for the book, but she ended by rejecting...


Margaret Paston , née Mautby, wrote—that is, dictated—to her husband and sons (in Virginia Woolf 's words) long long letters . . . . explaining, asking advice, giving news, rendering accounts
Woolf, Virginia. The Essays of Virginia Woolf. McNeillie, Andrew and Stuart Nelson ClarkeEditors , Hogarth Press, 2011.
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about the family estate.
January 1787
Newspapers advertised the publication of Original Letters, Written during the Reigns of Henry VI ,Edward IV and Richard III by Various Persons of Rank or Consequence, generally titled The Paston Letters.
April 1879
James Murray —editor since 1 March of what was to become the Oxford English Dictionary—issued an Appeal for readers to supply illustrative quotations.