The Life and Literature of Virginia Woolf

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Literature is a reflection of the society in that the issues presented in artworks reflect the issues in a certain society at a particular time in history. In order to understand the artworks of a particular author or artist, one needs to look into the circumstances which prevail or prevailed in the societies in which these producers of works of art live or lived. In essence, one needs to understand the author’s background as well as the context in which the art work is based. Context may be divided into three categories which include the historical, social, and geographical settings which define an art work. Historical setting covers the time period in which an artwork is set and is influenced by historical happenings such as the two World Wars. The social setting covers the societal norms and political atmosphere in a work of art. The geographical setting covers the region on which an artwork is based and is revealed through description. The context and author’s background influence an author’s style of writing and his or her main themes as evidenced in the life experiences of Virginia Woolf and how they experienced her literary works. Virginia Woolf is an English novelist, essayist, biographer, and feminist who lived between the years 1882 and 1941. She was born Virginia Adeline Stephen to Leslie Stephen and Julia Duckworth. Woolf was born in a respectable middle-class neighborhood and her father was well-connected. Even though her family could have afforded to send her in school, she was left at home to be educated by private tutors while her brothers were sent to Cambridge. In order to boost her academic intellect she read from her father’s library which contained numerous Victorian writings. As an infant she had a happy lif... ... middle of paper ... ...d used it to publish her works. They also used it to publish the works of their Bloomsbury friends. This means that her works of art did not have to meet the criteria used in established publishing houses regarding the content to be presented. In essence, she was the writer editor and publisher of her work, thus, she could write on anything she wished. Besides, she was highly talented in concealing her content to make sure that it did not implicate her, her feminine thinking or her lesbianism. Woolf was also lucky to be married to a man who supported her in her career and did everything possible to help her with her health issues. At this point, it is important to note that Leonard Woolf published her wives works after she died and stored her manuscripts safely. Leonard also encouraged her to write by giving her feedback on her artworks before she could publish it.

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