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Virginia Woolf - Author

About the Author

Virginia Woolf is now recognized as a major twentieth-century author, a great novelist and essayist and a key figure in literary history as a feminist and a modernist. Born in 1882, she was the daughter of the editor and critic Leslie Stephen, and suffered a traumatic adolescence after the deaths of her mother, in 1895, and her step-sister Stella, in 1897, leaving her subject to breakdowns for the rest of her life. Her father died in 1904 and two years later her favourite brother Thoby died suddenly of typhoid.

With her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, she was drawn into the company of writers and artists such as Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry, later known as the Bloomsbury Group. Among them she met Leonard Woolf, whom she married in 1912, and together they founded the Hogarth Press in 1917, which was to publish the work of T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and Katherine Mansfield as well as the earliest translations of Freud. Woolf lived an energetic life among friends and family, reviewing and writing, and dividing her time between London and the Sussex Downs. In 1941, fearing another attack of mental illness, she drowned herself.

Her first novel, The Voyage Out, appeared in 1915, and she then worked through the transitional Night and Day (1919) to the highly experimental and impressionistic Jacob’s Room (1922). From then on her fiction became a series of brilliant and extraordinarily varied experiments, each one searching for a fresh way of presenting the relationship between individual lives and the forces of society and history. She was particularly concerned with women’s experience, not only in her novels but also in her essays and her two books of feminist polemic, A Room of One’s Own (1929) and Three Guineas (1938).

Her major novels include Mrs Dalloway (1925), the historical fantasy Orlando (1928), written for Vita Sackville-West, the extraordinarily poetic vision of The Waves (1931), the family saga of The Years (1937), and Between the Acts (1941).

Featured books by Virginia Woolf

Other books by Virginia Woolf

Night and Day

Night and Day

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2019

Jacob's Room

Jacob's Room

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/01/2019

The Voyage Out

The Voyage Out

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2019

The Collected Essays of Virginia Woolf

The Collected Essays of Virginia Woolf

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2019

The Waves

The Waves

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2018

A commercial and critical success when it was first published in 1931, and now considered by some to be Virginia Woolf's most ambitious novel. This new edition includes pictures and a section on Virginia Woolf's life and works. Through a series of connected monologues, The Waves tells the story of six very different friends - Bernard, Louis, Neville, Jinny, Susan and Rhoda - as they progress from childhood to middle age. Interspersed with evocative descriptions of the seaside at different times of day, the poignant personal histories coalesce into a poetic tapestry of human experience. A commercial and critical success when it was first published in 1931, and now considered by some to be Virginia Woolf's most ambitious novel, showcasing her Modernist narrative techniques at their finest, The Waves casts a visionary and lyrical light on everyday life.

Monday or Tuesday Eight Stories

Monday or Tuesday Eight Stories

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2018

Monday or Tuesday Eight Stories

Monday or Tuesday Eight Stories

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/11/2018

Roger Fry a Biography

Roger Fry a Biography

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2018

Roger Fry a Biography

Roger Fry a Biography

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2018

Monday or Tuesday Eight Stories

Monday or Tuesday Eight Stories

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2018

Monday or Tuesday Eight Stories

Monday or Tuesday Eight Stories

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/2018

Virginia Woolf in Richmond

Virginia Woolf in Richmond

Author: Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2018

I ought to be grateful to Richmond & Hogarth, and indeed, whether it's my invincible optimism or not, I am grateful. aA ' Virginia Woolf Although more commonly associated with Bloomsbury, Virginia and her husband Leonard Woolf lived in Richmond-upon-Thames for ten years from the time of the First World War (1914-1924). Refuting the common misconception that she disliked the town, this book explores her daily habits as well as her intimate thoughts while living at the pretty house she came to love - Hogarth House. Drawing on information from her many letters and diaries, the editor reveals how Richmond's relaxed way of life came to influence the writer, from her experimentation as a novelist to her work with her husband and the Hogarth Press, from her relationships with her servants to her many famous visitors.

Flush A Biography

Flush A Biography

Author: Virginia Woolf, John Sutherland, Lalya Lloyd Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2018

Roger Fry a Biography

Roger Fry a Biography

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2018

Monday or Tuesday

Monday or Tuesday

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/10/2018

Monday or Tuesday

Monday or Tuesday

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/2018