Virginia Woolf had an early life riddled with personal hardships and various relationships that contributed to her quality of life and literature. Born and raised in England, Virginia found herself surrounded by the upper-middle class patriarchalism afforded to her by her intellectual family. Her father was a writer himself and although he was not a major negative factor in her childhood, he was a strong imposer of patriarchy in her life which grew to influence her writings in many ways. In addition to the affect this had on her feminist literature, the England patriarchal ideologies did not make life easy for women with mental illness such as Virginia Woolf. An effect...
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...n one of the most respected female writers world wide. Her life was cut short by suicide, but it is necessary that Virginia Woolf is not defined by her death. Her influence on subsequent generations of critics and writers has been deep and will be long lived. Flashes of her vivid sensitivity can be seen in the work of Annie Dillard, a bit of her wry critical eye in the recent essays of Rebeca Solnit. Novelist and essayist Daphne Merkin says that despite her edges, Woolf should be remembered as “luminous and tender and generous, the person you would most like to see coming down the path.” Woolf’s legacy marks Merkin’s work, too, although there’s never been anyone else quite like Virginia Woolf. "Only writing," Virginia Woolf said, "could compose 'the synthesis of my being" (Gordon 7). Virginia Woolf greatly affected the feminist movement with her thoughts and writing.
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