Welcome to the Virginia Woolf Blog!
This website is a resource for Virginia Woolf fans all over the world. Here you can explore the life and legacy of Virginia Woolf.
Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941) was a British writer born and raised in London, England. She was one of the most famous writers of the modernist era and wrote many best-selling books such as Mrs. Dalloway, A Room of One’s Own and To The Lighthouse.
The goal of the Virginia Woolf Blog is to celebrate Woolf’s life and work and give readers a clearer understanding of what she was really like. Using passages from Woolf’s diaries, letters and various biographies, the blog aims to show readers the real Virginia Woolf, not the tragic figure many people see her as.
The following are some notable aspects of Virginia Woolf’s life:
Virginia Woolf wrote many books including 10 novels and a number of nonfiction books. Many of these books became and remain best-sellers and have cemented Woolf’s reputation as one of the great writers of the 20th century. Woolf’s novels were written with the stream-of-consciousness literary technique which focuses more on the character’s inner thoughts than on the plot. Woolf’s first novel, The Voyage Out, was published in 1915 and her last novel, Between the Acts, was published posthumously a few months after her death in 1941.
The Bloomsbury Group was a group of artists and writers from the Bloomsbury District in London during the early 20th century. Virginia Woolf was one of the most notable members of this group. The other members included Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell, E.M. Foster, Lytton Strachey, Roger Fry, Clive Bell, John Maynard Keynes, Duncan Grant and Desmond McCarthy. The group was famous for being one of the first literary groups that openly supported gay rights, women in the arts, pacifism, uninhibited sexuality and many other social and political issues.
Virginia Woolf came from an artistic and well-connected family. Her father, Sir Leslie Stephen, was a notable author, editor, historian and outdoorsman who was close friends with author William Thackeray and philospher George Henry Lewes. Her mother Julia Jackson was the niece of notable 19th century photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Woolf’s godfather was the American writer James Russell Lowell. Woolf’s siblings, nieces and nephews were all accomplished artists and writers as well.
Virginia Woolf (whose maiden name was Stephen) met Leonard Woolf around 1900. Leonard Woolf was a college friend of Virginia’s older brother Thoby. Virginia and Leonard didn’t begin dating until 1911 and then married in 1912. They remained married until her death in 1941.
Vita Sackville-West was a poet, aristocrat and Woolf’s lover. It is speculated that Woolf had previous relationships with women but Sackville-West is the only women she acknowledged having a romantic relationship with. Sackville-West served as the inspiration behind Woolf’s novel Orlando.
Virginia Woolf is believed to have suffered from bipolar disorder and attempted suicide a number of times throughout her life. She underwent many different types of treatments and managed her condition well enough to live a very productive life. In the spring of 1941, while suffering from another bought of depression she drowned herself in the River Ouse near her house.