Virginia Woolf Biography
Virginia Woolf born as Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer who was considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and also a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device.
Virginia Woolf Age | Death
She was born on 25 January 1882 in South Kensington, London, United Kingdom and died on 28 March 1941 in Lewes, Sussex, United Kingdom. At the time of her death, she was 58 years old.
Virginia Woolf Parents | Young
She was born to Julia Prinsep Jackson and Leslie Stephen. She was born as a seventh child in a blended family of eight. Her mother, Julia, was celebrated as a Pre-Raphaelite artist’ model had three children and she had three children from her first marriage and his father, Leslie, was a writer, historian, essayist, biographer, and mountaineer. He had a daughter from his previous relationship. Adeline was named after her mother’s eldest sister named Adeline Maria Jackson.
One of her siblings was Venessa Bell, a known English painter, and interior designer. She had more siblings named Thoby and Adrian. While her brothers received college education the girls were home-schooled in English classics and Victorian literature. She was influenced in her early life by the Godrevy Lighthouse. This was when they visited their summer home the family used in St Ives, Cornwall. The influence the lighthouse had on her made her write her iconic novel, To The Lighthouse (1972).
Unfortunately, her childhood came to an end when her mother died in February 1985 after she fell ill with influenza. She suffered a mental breakdown. As if it was not enough, two years later her stepsister and surrogate mother, Stella Duckworth died.
She attended the Ladies Department of King’s College London and studied classics and history. Following this, she came into contact with early reformers of women’s higher education and the women’s rights movement. Her father was a great inspiration to her and she inspired her to write professionally in 1900. She suffered another mental breakdown when her father died in 1905. Her family moved to the Bloomsbury and here they adopted a free-spirited lifestyle. She formed the artistic and literary Bloomsbury Group.
Virginia Woolf Husband
She was married to Leonard Woolf in 1912. Her husband was a British political theorist, author, publisher, and civil servant. The couple founded the Hogarth Press in 1917 which published most of her work. They rented a home in Sussex and then moved there permanently in 1940.
Throughout her life, she suffered and was troubled by mental illness and for this reason, she got institutionalized several times and attempted suicide at least twice. Her illness was considered to have been bipolar disorder for which there was no effective intervention during her lifetime.
Sadly, she committed suicide in 1941 when aged 59 years old. She put rockets in her coat pockets and drowned herself in a river.
Virginia Woolf Works
She published her first novel called The Voyage Out in 1915 and published it through her half-brother’s publishing house, Gerald Duckworth and Company. Her widely-known works include; Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928). Her known essays include A Room of One’s Own (1929).
Virginia Woolf Quotes
- One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.
- You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
- A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
- For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
- As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.
- The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.
- Arrange whatever pieces come your way.
- Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.
- If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
- I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.
Virginia Woolf A Room Of One’s Own
A Room of One’s Own is one of her extended essays.
Virginia Woolf Novels
- Between the Acts
- Flush: A Biography
- Jacob’s Room
- Mrs Dalloway
- Night and Day (Woolf novel)
- Orlando: A Biography
- To the Lighthouse
- The Voyage Out
- The Waves
- The Years
Virginia Woolf Orlando
This is a biography novel that she wrote and published on 11 October 1928.
Virginia Woolf To The Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse is a novel by Virginia Woolf that was first published in 1972.
Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway
She wrote and published this novel in 1925.
Virginia Woolf Movie
The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is an adaptation of the play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee.
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