Virginia Woolf

Standard Name: Woolf, Virginia
Birth Name: Adeline Virginia Stephen
Nickname: Ginia
Married Name: Adeline Virginia Woolf
Thousands of readers over three or four generations have known that Virginia Woolf was—by a beadle—denied access to the library of a great university. They may have known, too, that she was a leading intellect of the twentieth century. If they are feminist readers they will know that she thought . . . back through her mothers and also sideways through her sisters and that she contributed more than any other in the twentieth century to the recovery of women's writing.
Marcus, Jane. “Introduction”. New Feminist Essays on Virginia Woolf, edited by Jane Marcus, Macmillan, 1981, p. i - xx.
Educated in her father's library and in a far more than usually demanding school of life, she radically altered the course not only of the English tradition but also of the several traditions of literature in English.
Froula, Christine. Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde. Columbia University Press, 2005.
She wrote prodigiously—nine published novels, as well as stories, essays (including two crucial books on feminism, its relation to education and to war), diaries, letters, biographies (both serious and burlesque), and criticism. As a literary journalist in a wide range of forums, she addressed the major social issues of her time in more than a million words.
Woolf, Virginia. “Introduction; Editorial Note”. The Essays of Virginia Woolf, edited by Andrew McNeillie, Hogarth Press, 1994, pp. vols. 1 - 4: various pages.
She left a richly documented life in words, inventing a modern fiction, theorising modernity, writing the woman into the picture. She built this outstandingly influential work, which has had its impact on both writing and life, on her personal experience, and her fictions emerge to a striking degree from her life, her gender, and her moment in history. In a sketch of her career written to Ethel Smyth she said that a short story called An Unwritten Novelwas the great discovery . . . . That—again in one second—showed me how I could embody all my deposit of experience in a shape that fitted it.
Woolf, Virginia. The Letters of Virginia Woolf. Nicolson, Nigel and Joanne TrautmannEditors , Hogarth Press, 1980.
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Well-known black and white photograph of Virginia Stephen (later Virginia Woolf), 1902.  She is seen in profile, with her hair loosely caught back in a bun
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Photograph of Virginia Woolf with hand on face wearing a fur stole. This is a picture from one of Virginia Woolf's own photo albums at Monk's House which were acquired at an auction at Sotheby's in 1982 (cf. Maggie Humm, Snapshots of Bloomsbury: The Private Lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, p. 187), gifted in 1983 by Frederick R. Koch to the Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Libray, Harvard University, and afterwards scanned and uploaded by the library.
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Theme or Topic Treated in Text Michelene Wandor
Gardens of Eden begins by quoting Genesis and the Alphabet of Ben Sira. In the latter (source for the story of Lilith as Adam's first wife) Lilith claims equality with Adam.
Wandor, Michelene. Gardens of Eden. Journeyman, 1984.
The Alphabet...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Margaret Atwood
Subjects include English women writers Virginia Woolf , Antonia Fraser , Marina Warner , and Hilary Mantel , Americans Toni Morrison and Ursula Le Guin, as well as the reluctant Canadian Susanna Moodie and...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Edith Sitwell
Sitwell chose two women from before and five from during the eighteenth century, ten from the nineteenth century, and two from her own.
Sitwell, Edith. English Women. William Collins, 1942.
The last entry is a moving tribute to the recently deceased Virginia Woolf
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Wyndham Lewis
Men Without Art constituted another attack on WL 's contemporaries. Virginia Woolf was singled out as an introverted matriarch ruling over a very dim Venusberg indeed.
Lee, Hermione. Virginia Woolf. Chatto and Windus, 1996.
In a critique of her essay Mr Bennett...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Maureen Duffy
The play takes a biographical approach, as Woolf , from the vantage point of imminent death, looks back over her past life. The only two other characters are Vita Sackville-West and Sigmund Freud ; Duffy...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Eudora Welty
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Kathleen Nott
KN approvingly cites Mary Warnock for discerning and hailing a tendency among moral philosophers to address the complexities of actual choice, and actual decisions, thus making moral philosophy more difficult, perhaps much more embarrassing...
Travel Vita Sackville-West
VSW travelled widely all her life. The first of her many visits to Florence, in spring1907, was followed a couple of years later by one to Ukraine (then a province of Russia).
Glendinning, Victoria. Vita. Penguin, 1984.
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Travel Jan Morris
JM continued to travel vigorously while insisting that she wrote not about journeys but about places and people. In 1983, with few countries in the world still unseen, she first reached China and stood in...
Travel Amabel Williams-Ellis
From the mid-1920s, AWE and her family took both short and extended sailing trips to such places as North Wales, Scotland, France, and later, Australia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean...
Violence Emmeline Pankhurst
In prison, EP took to hunger strikes. Her example was followed by other imprisoned suffragettes, with the result that many were forcibly fed, starting on 22 June 1912. EP barely escaped this painful procedure. Years...


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