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Virginia Woolf ( 1882-1941 ). By Ryan McBrearty. About Virginia Woolf. One of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century Considered one of the foremost modernists Experimented with stream of consciousness Focused on the underlying motives of characters

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virginia woolf 1882 1941

Virginia Woolf(1882-1941)

By Ryan McBrearty

about virginia woolf
About Virginia Woolf
  • One of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century
  • Considered one of the foremost modernists
  • Experimented with stream of consciousness
  • Focused on the underlying motives of characters
    • Psychological and emotional depth
  • Her work was heavily criticized
    • epitomized the narrow world of the upper-middle class English intelligentsia.
early life
Early Life
  • Born Adeline Virginia Stephen
    • January 25th, 1882 in London
    • One of 8 children of differentmarriages
  • Well connected family
    • Schooled at home
    • Met members of Victorian Society
      • Henry James
      • George Henry Lewes
      • James Russell Lowell
  • Suffered mental and emotional problems
    • Breakdowns caused by death
    • Depressive periods caused by sexual abuse
    • Posthumously diagnosed with Bipolar
later life
Later Life
  • Member of Bloomsbury Group
    • Intellectual Circle
    • Discouraged sexual exclusivity
    • Dreadnaught Hoax
  • Married Leonard Woolf 1912
    • “penniless Jew”
  • Founded Hogarth Press 1917
  • Sexual relationship with Vita Sackville-West
  • Committed Suicide 1941
    • Suffered long bouts of depression during WWII
suicide note
Suicide Note

Filled the pockets of her overcoat with stones and jumped into the River Ouse on March 28th, 1941.

She wrote this note to her husband:

some of her works
Some of her Works
  • Ms Dalloway (1927)
    • Parallels Clarissa Dalloway and Septimus Warren Smith
  • To the Lighthouse (1931)
    • Covers two days, one year apart
    • A meditation upon the lives of a nation's inhabitants in the midst of war
    • Lamentation of the people left behind.
    • Explores the passage of time.
  • The Waves (1941)
    • Series of six reflective monologues
  • Orlando (1928)
    • A fantastic, gender-spanning biography
    • Called by Vita Sackville-West's son, "the longest and most charming love letter in literature."
  • A Room of One’s Own (1929)
    • Essay exploring woman’s abilities to produce literature
      • Creatively constricted by male dominated society
references
References
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Woolf
  • http://www.online-literature.com/virginia_woolf/