During the course of her life, Virginia Woolf endured severe fits of mental illness, believed to have been the effect of what is typically characterized as bipolar disorder. While her fairly unique style of writing was largely influenced by way of the symptoms she experienced though her disorder, those same symptoms likewise triggered horrible mood swings. This behavior repeatedly led to periods of recuperation in her home which caused her imagination and ingenuity to be compromised in relation to her writing.
Throughout her lifetime, Virginia Woolf wrote nine novels: The Voyage Out, Orlando, To the Lighthouse, Mrs. Dalloway, Jacob’s Room, Night and Day, The Years, The Waves and Between the Acts. In addition to novels, she wrote many pieces of non-fiction as well: The Death of the Moth and Other Essays, Women and Writing and A Room of One's Own.
With that being said, A Room of One's Own (1929), a book-length essay, is regarded by most as one of Virginia Woolf’s most famous pieces (in terms of criticism and feminist literary). ...
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...e literary world in relation to its conventions concerning women writers, her feminism, which consist not just of her obvious feminist politics but her captivation and concern with gender characteristics, molded her writing greatly. This, in turn, contributed greatly to the contemporary feminism of her time as she took personal experiences in life and used them as an inspiration throughout her writing. With that being said, perhaps her single most important work of feminist literary criticism, A Room of One's Own contributed most as it explores the circumstantial and historic possibilities and personal experiences of Virginia Woolf concerning contemporary feminism and literary achievement.
Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One’s Own. eBooks@Adelaide. 4 Mar. 2014. Web. 7 Apr. 2014.
Woolf, Virginia. “Virginia Wolf.” The Literature Network. 7 April 2014. Web.
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