Virginia Woolf

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Connections

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Friends, Associates Frances Cornford
FC also developed friendships, although not close ones, with Walter de la Mare , Eric Gill , Bertrand Russell , Siegfried Sassoon , Ralph and Ursula Vaughan Williams, and Virginia Woolf .
Cornford, Hugh, Gwen Raverat, Christopher Cornford, Frances Cornford, Gwen Raverat, and Christopher Cornford. “Frances Cornford 1886-1960”. Selected Poems, edited by Jane Dowson and Jane Dowson, Enitharmon Press, 1996, p. xxvii - xxxvii.
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Friends, Associates Jane Ellen Harrison
In Paris Harrison and Mirrlees entertained guests including Virginia and Leonard Woolf , with whom they had been friendly for some time, and Jessie Stewart .
Robinson, Annabel. The Life and Work of Jane Ellen Harrison. Oxford University Press, 2001.
9, 296-8
Friends, Associates Aldous Huxley
This biography's four epigraphs include words from Dennis Gabor , hoping that AH will be remembered less for literary achievement than for his heritage to those who really care about the future of the human...
Friends, Associates Edith Somerville
Somerville and Smyth became close friends, and visited and travelled together, though biographer Maurice Collis thinks that Smyth expected a sexual relationship where Somerville did not.
Collis, Maurice. Somerville and Ross: A Biography. Faber and Faber, 1968.
190
It seems that Smyth later gave Virginia Woolf
Friends, Associates Stella Benson
SB first met Virginia and Leonard Woolf .
Grant, Joy. Stella Benson: A Biography. Macmillan, 1987.
216, 217
Friends, Associates Naomi Royde-Smith
Woolf , going to a party there on 5 June 1921, disliked Royde-Smith and her world at first sight. Never did I see a less attractive woman than Naomi. . . .I fixed her with...
Friends, Associates Julia Strachey
Friends and neighbours here included James and Alix Strachey , Clive Bell , and Virginia and Leonard Woolf .
Strachey, Julia, and Frances Partridge. Julia: A Portrait of Julia Strachey. Little, Brown, 1983.
105
Frances Partridge writes that JS was generally judged by them to be a lively and...
Friends, Associates Ling Shuhua
Ling Shuhua began corresponding with Virginia Woolf , inspired by her reading of A Room of One's Own and her intimate relationship with Woolf's late nephew Julian Bell during his time in China.
Laurence, Patricia Ondek. Lily Briscoe’s Chinese Eyes: Bloomsbury, Modernism, and China. University of South Carolina Press, 2003.
253
Friends, Associates Stella Benson
SB met Lord David Cecil at a dinner with Virginia and Leonard Woolf , after which they all went on to Clive and Vanessa Bell 's house.
Grant, Joy. Stella Benson: A Biography. Macmillan, 1987.
254, 255
Friends, Associates Berta Ruck
In Virginia Woolf 's novel Jacob's Room, 1922, a tombstone is inscribed with the name Bertha Ruck. Ruck writes that it is inscribed to The Memory of Berta Ruck.
Ruck, Berta. A Story-Teller Tells the Truth. Hutchinson, 1935.
259
Under the heading...
Friends, Associates Dorothy Brett
Brett moved in various distinct social circles. Augustus John was an admired acquaintance. Virginia Woolf , a friend, nevertheless commented in 1921 on Brett being one of the entourage of Lady Ottoline Morrell , and...
Friends, Associates Hope Mirrlees
Karin Costelloe later married Adrian Stephen , and thus became the sister-in-law of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell .
Friends, Associates Enid Bagnold
Bagnold's biographer Anne Sebba writes that try as [EB ] might to belong to the artists' milieu, she could not release her other foot from the smart set.
Sebba, Anne. Enid Bagnold: The Authorized Biography. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1986.
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Bagnold's friends included socialist...
Friends, Associates Freya Stark
After her long recovery, FS continued to enjoy her popularity in London society. Sir Sydney Cockerell , director of Cambridge 's Fitzwilliam Museum , became a friend. She was introduced to Virginia Woolf , Rose Macaulay
Friends, Associates Rose Macaulay
In 1921 RM was spending several nights a week in a room she rented in the large house of writer Naomi Royde-Smith at 44 Prince's Gardens, Kensington.
Emery, Jane. Rose Macaulay: A Writer’s Life. John Murray, 1991.
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Babington Smith, Constance. Rose Macaulay. Collins, 1972.
100
Chosen by Royde-Smith as a...

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