… for books have a way of influencing each other …

In “A Room of One’s Own” Virginia Woolf is saying: Fiction will be much the better for standing cheek by jowl with poetry and philosophy  … For books have a way of influencing each other. All of Woolf’s writing (according to Hermione Lee) goes in for this mixing and merging of genres: fiction, history, biography,… More … for books have a way of influencing each other …