LEONARD AND VIRGINIA WOOLF’S HOGARTH PRESS AND ITS LEGACY
Dr Jean Moorcroft Wilson, writer and lecturer
Leonard Woolf initially conceived of the Hogarth Press as a distraction for his wife, but under his careful supervision and openness to new ideas it turned into a successful commercial enterprise. Able to take risks with little-known, experimental writers they put together a list that included leading Modernist writers of the twentieth century such as T.S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield and E.M. Forster, as well as Virginia Woolf herself. They were also the first to publish the complete works of Sigmund Freud and key Russian texts in translation. Their attractively designed books were illustrated by outstanding artists of the day, including Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry and Dora Carrington. Although the Hogarth Press was sold to the much larger publishing house of Chatto & Windus in 1948, Leonard and Virginia’s legacy continues in other small presses, one of them set up by Leonard’s only nephew, Cecil.
1. The Hogarth Press
2. The Press’s legacy