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Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf was born Virginia Stephen in 1882 in London. Her father, Sir Leslie Stephen, was a well-known critic and editor. Virginia was educated at home. When her father died (when she was sixteen), the family moved to Bloomsbury, to the house that was to be the original meeting place of the Bloomsbury Group. When her brother, Thoby, died two years later, she suffered a mental breakdown. She continued to suffered from mental illness for the rest of her life.

In 1912, she married Leonard Woolf and wrote her first novel, The Voyage Out though, because of another breakdown, this was not published till 1915. The couple decided to start up their own publishing firm – the Hogarth Press – whose first publication was Two Stories, a story by each of them. As well as Virginia’s own works, they published works by writers such as Katherine Mansfield and T S Eliot.

Virginia continued to have considerable critical success as a writer. She soon established herself as one of the pre-eminent modernists and one of the leading English novelists. Her impressionist style, her use of stream-of-consciousness techniques and her feminist viewpoint were all considered innovative and moved the English novel away from the realistic Victorian approach. She also established herself as a leading critic, particularly as a feminist critic. She became a reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement in 1905.

Despite her literary success and the fact that she was the centre of the thriving Bloomsbury Group, she continued to have mental breakdowns and she was worried that she would go insane and become a burden to her husband. In 1941, she loaded her pockets with stones and walked into the river and drowned herself.

Books about Virginia Woolf

Quentin Bell: Virginia Woolf: A Biography
Edward Bishop: A Virginia Woolf Chronology
Lyndall Gordon: Virginia Woolf: A Writer’s Life
James King: Virginia Woolf
Mitchell Leaska: Granite and Rainbow: The Hidden Life of Virginia Woolf
Hermione Lee: Virginia Woolf
Nigel Nicolson: Virginia Woolf
Roger Poole: The Unknown Virginia Woolf
Panthea Reid: Art and Affection: Life of Virginia Woolf

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Places associated with Woolf

Six places to find Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Set
Monk’s House
Monk’s House
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Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) and Hogarth House
Virginia Woolf’s Holiday Homes in the Country

Online texts of her works

Texts of her works
Online Books by Virginia Woolf


1915 The Voyage Out (novel)
1917 The Mark on the Wall (story)
1919 Kew Gardens (story)
1919 Night and Day (novel)
1921 Monday or Tuesday (short stories)
1922 Jacob’s Room (novel)
1924 Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown (essay)
1925 The Common Reader (essays)
1925 Mrs Dalloway (novel)
1927 To the Lighthouse (novel)
1928 Orlando: A Biography (novel)
1929 A Room of One’s Own (essay)
1930 On Being Ill (essay)
1931 The Waves (novel)
1932 A Letter to a Young Poet (essay)
1932 The Common Reader: Second Series (essays)
1933 Flush: A Biography (novel)
1934 Walter Sickert: A Conversation (essay)
1937 The Years (novel)
1938 Three Guineas (essay)
1939 Reviewing (essay)
1940 Roger Fry: A Biography (biography)
1941 Between the Acts (novel)
1942 The Death of the Moth, and Other Essays
1944 A Haunted House, and Other Short Stories
1947 The Moment and Other Essays
1950 The Captain’s Death Bed, and Other Essays
1953 A Writer’s Diary
1956 Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey: Letters
1958 Granite and Rainbow: Essays
1965 Contemporary Writers (reviews)
1966-67 Collected Essays
1966 Nurse Lugton’s Golden Thimble (children’s story)
1975-80 The Letters of Virginia Woolf 1888-1941
1976 Moments of Being (autobiographical essays)
1977-85 The Diary of Virginia Woolf 1-5
1978 Books and Portraits
1979 Women And Writing
1985 The Complete Shorter Fiction
1990 A Moment’s Liberty: the Shorter Diary
1990 Passionate Apprentice: The Early Journals, 1897-1909
1991 Paper Darts: The Illustrated Letters of Virginia Woolf
1993 Travels With Virginia Woolf (her Greek travel diary)
1993 Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters
2008 The Platform of Time: Memoirs of Family and Friends