Virginia Woolf

A picture of the author Virginia Woolf

Adeline Virginia Stephen was born in the Kensington district of London in 1882. She is better known to the world as Virginia Woolf, considered one of the great modernist English authors of the twentieth century. Her best-regarded novels, not yet available in the public domain, include Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928), and A Room of One's Own (1929). American Literature offers her public domain novels and short story collection, Monday or Tuesday (1921), which includes: A Haunted House, A Society, Monday or Tuesday, The String Quartet, An Unwritten Novel, Blue & Green, Kew Gardens, and The Mark on the Wall.

Woolf was a member of The Bloomsbury Group, influential English literary artists who expressed modern attitudes toward pacifism, sexuality and feminism during the first half of the twentieth century. Other members included John Maynard Keynes, E. M. Forster and Lytton Strachey. Woolf advised modernist writers to write what they feel, rather than concern themselves with the expectations of publishers or society. Widely known as suffering from mental illness throughout her life, Woolf most likely had bi-polar disorder, but the illness was not well understood or treatable at the time. She committed suicide at age 59.

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