Virginia Woolf

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Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf, who was born on January 25, 1882 and died on March 28, 1941, was a well known English novelist, essayist, biographer, and feminist. She was a voluminous writer, who composed in a modernist style that always was altered with every novel she wrote. Her letters and memories exposed glimpses of Woolf during the Bloomsbury era. Woolf was included in society, as T.S. Eliot describes in his obituary for Virginia. “Without Virginia Woolf at the center of it, it would have remained formless or marginal…. With the death of Virginia Woolf, a whole pattern of culture is broken.” Virginia had many mental breakdowns since she lost her mother at the age of 13 and her brother, Thoby inspired her to compose her first novel about a character named Jacob, “Jacob’s Room” (1922) and subsequently on the character Percival in another novel “The Waves.” Woolf suffered from serious bouts of mental illness throughout her life, thought to have been the consequence of what is now termed manic depressive illness or bipolar disorder and committed suicide by drowning in March 1941. Woolf was a remarkable woman in the London literary society and a critical element in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most notable novels include Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929), with its famous quote, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." She was challenged with the question whether women’s writing should be feminine; she reasoned out that great female authors “wrote as women write, not as men write.” She presented the possibility of a specific style, but at the same time she laid an emphasis that great ... ... middle of paper ... ...otes: Virginia Woolf: General Summary." SparkNotes: Today's Most Popular Study Guides. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2014. The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2014. "Virginia Woolf." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc, n.d. Web. 29 May 2014. Works Cited "Biographical Profile of Virginia Woolf." About.com Classic Literature. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2014. "biography on Virginia Woolf." The European Graduate School - Media and Communication - Graduate & Postgraduate Studies Program. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2014. "SparkNotes: Virginia Woolf: General Summary." SparkNotes: Today's Most Popular Study Guides. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2014. The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2014. "Virginia Woolf." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc, n.d. Web. 29 May 2014.

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