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Virginia Woolf
Biography
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 stepsister Stella, in 1897, leaving her subject to breakdowns for the rest of her life. Her father died in 1904 and two years later her favorite 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).

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).



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Chronology
*The Voyage Out, 1915
*Night and Day , 1919
*Kew Gardens, 1919
*Jacob's Room, 1922
*Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown, 1924
*The Common Reader, 1925
*Mrs. Dalloway, 1925
*To the Lighthouse, 1927
*Orlando: A Biography, 1928
*A Room of One's Own, 1929
*The Waves, 1931
*The Second Common Reader, 1932
*Flush: A Biography, 1933
*The Years, 1937
*Three Guineas, 1938
*Roger Fry: A Biography, 1940
*Between the Acts, 1941
*The Death of the Moth and Other Essays, 1942
*Haunted House and Other Stories, 1943
*The Moment, and Other Essays, 1947
*The Captain's Death Bed and Other Essays, 1950
*A Writer's Diary: Being Extracts from the Diary of Virginia Woolf, 1953
*Granite and Rainbow, 1958
*Contemporary Writers, 1965
*Nurse Lugton's Curtain, 1966
*Mrs. Dalloway's Party: A Short Story Sequence, 1973
*Letters of Virginia Woolf: 1888-1912, 1975
*The Letters of Virginia Woolf, 1912-1922, 1976
*Moments of Being: Unpublished Autobiographical Writings, 1976
*The Letters of Virginia Woolf: 1923-1928, 1977
*The Diary of Virginia Woolf, 1915-1919, 1977
*Diary of Virginia Woolf, 1920-1924, 1978
*The Letters of Virginia Woolf: 1929-1931, 1978
*The Letters of Virginia Woolf 1932-1935, 1979
*The Diary of Virginia Woolf, 1925-1930, 1980
*The Letters of Virginia Wolf, 1936-1941, 1980
*The Diary of Virginia Woolf: 1931-1935, 1982
*Diary of Virginia Woolf, 1936-1941, 1984
*Passionate Apprentice: The Early Journals, 1897-1909, 1990
*A Moment's Liberty: The Shorter Diary of Virginia Woolf, 1990
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