Virginia Woolf | First Editions

1882 - 1941

Adeline Virginia Woolf (née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941), known professionally as Virginia Woolf, was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. She is seen as a major twentieth-century novelist and one of the foremost modernists. Woolf is also considered a major innovator in the English language; in her works, she experimented with stream of consciousness and the underlying psychological - as well as emotional - motives of characters. Woolf's works have been translated into over 50 languages. Her fiction is also often studied for its insight into shell shock, war, class and modern British society.

During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Woolf suffered from severe bouts of mental illness throughout her life, thought to have been what is now termed bipolar disorder, and committed suicide by drowning in 1941 at the age of 59.

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