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									Virginia WoolfVirginia Woolf
The early decades of the 20th century saw the rise of the “experimental” novel, and few writers had more success with their experiments than Virginia Woolf. Her innovative approach as a novelist, critic, and biographer made her an author who is even more widely read today than she was in her own time.

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Virginia Woolf
Also Known As:
Adeline Virginia Stephen Woolf (full name)
Date of Birth:
January 25, 1882
Place of Birth:
Date of Death:
March 28, 1941
Place of Death:
Sussex, England
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Selected Works

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Night and Day (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
by Virginia Woolf, Rachel Wetzsteon (Introduction)
With its classic comic structure, minutely observed characters, and delicate irony, Woolf’s second novel has invited comparison to the works of Shakespeare, Mozart, and Jane Austen. Set in Edwardian London, the novel contrasts the lives of two friends, and their different choices with regard to love and marriage.
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								The Voyage Out, Author: 
								Virginia Woolf, Lorna  Sage (Editor).
*  The Voyage Out (1915)
*  Night and Day  (1919)
*  Jacob's Room (1922)
*  Mrs. Dalloway (1925)
*  To the Lighthouse (1927)
*  A Room of One's Own (1929)
*  The Waves (1931)
*  The Years (1937)

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Books About Woolf

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Virginia Woolf
by Hermione Lee, Hermoine Lee
Sixty years after her death, Virginia Woolf remains a subject of perennial interest to readers and scholars alike. Over the years, Woolf has been assigned different labels and identities by those who chronicle her life and work -- lesbian, manic-depressive, modernist -- but only one has been universally agreed upon: writer.

*  Virginia Woolf: A Biography   by Quentin Bell (Woolf's nephew)
*  Virginia Woolf: A Writer's Life   by Lyndall Gordon
*  Virginia Woolf: A Penguin Life   by Nigel Nicolson, Nigel Nicolson

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An Homage to Woolf

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								Mrs. Dalloway, Author: 
								Virginia Woolf, Foreword by Maureen Howard.

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Mrs. Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf, Foreword by Maureen Howard
Widely known as Woolf's masterpiece, Mrs. Dalloway was the inspiration for Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning homage, The Hours.

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The Hours
by Michael Cunningham
Contemporary author Michael Cunningham borrowed the title of Woolf's manuscript for Mrs. Dalloway for his own elegaic, Pulitzer-winning book. Cunningham braids together the lives of three women -- one of them an imagining of Woolf herself -- and the result is part meditation, part homage.

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