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Too late to die early

Ruth Bernard Yeazell: Virginia Woolf and Harriet Martineaun in the sick room, 5 February 2004

Life in the Sick-Room 
by Harriet Martineau, edited by Maria Frawley.
Broadview, 260 pp., £8.99, March 2003, 1 55111 265 5
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On Being Ill 
by Virginia Woolf, edited by Hermione Lee.
Paris Press, 28 pp., £15, October 2002, 1 930464 06 1
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... hopes’ of their comforters: ‘Everything but truth becomes loathed in a sick-room.’ Maria Frawley calls Life in the Sick-Room a ‘hybrid’ text, ‘part memoir, part treatise’, but anyone who has wandered through a modern bookstore would recognise the genre: advice for the sick by a fellow sufferer. From Living Well with ...

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