Timeline of Virginia Woolf’s Life

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♦Born Adeline Virginia Stephen to Leslie Stephen and Julia Prinsep Jackson in Hyde Park Gate, London, England.

♦Virginia’s mother, Julia, dies of rheumatic fever.
♦Virginia has her first mental breakdown.

♦Virginia attends Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee procession

♦Virginia meets Leonard Woolf while visiting her brother Thoby at Trinity College.

♦Virginia’s father, Leslie Stephen, dies of stomach cancer.
♦Virginia has her second mental breakdown and tries to commit suicide by jumping out a window. She is briefly institutionalized but recovers.
♦Virginia and her siblings, Thoby, Vanessa and Adrian move to 46 Gordon Square in the Bloomsbury district of London.

Virginia begins work as a teacher at Morley College for Working Men and Women.

♦Virginia and her siblings take a trip to Greece.
♦Thoby contracts Typhoid fever there and dies.
♦Vanessa Stephen accepts Clive Bell’s marriage proposal.
♦Virginia and Adrian move to Fitzroy square in London.

♦Virginia leaves her teaching job at Morley College to focus on writing.
♦Virginia, Leonard, Adrian, Clive Bell and Vanessa take a trip to Paris.
♦Clive Bell and Vanessa marry.

♦Virginia’s nephew, Julian Bell, is born. Virginia and Clive Bell begin a flirtatious relationship.

♦Lytton Strachey proposes to Virginia in February. She accepts. The following day the couple decide against the engagement.
♦Edward Hilton Young proposes to Virginia in May but she turns him down.

♦Virginia, Adrian and Duncan Grant take part in the Dreadnaught Hoax with Horace de Vere Cole.

♦Virginia visits her friend Rupert Brooke in Cambridge during the summer and swims naked with him in Byron’s pool.
♦Sydney Waterlow proposes to Virginia in November but she turns him down.

♦Leonard Woolf proposes to Virginia in January. She accepts. Virginia and Leonard Woolf marry on August 10 and live in a rented house called Asheham near Beddington after a long honeymoon in France, Spain and Italy.
♦The Titanic sinks and Virginia develops a fascination with the disaster.

♦Virginia suffers another mental breakdown and attempts suicide.

♦World War I begins.

♦Virginia’s first novel The Voyage Out is published by her half-brother George Duckworth.
♦Virginia suffers another mental breakdown.

♦Virginia and Leonard rent Hogarth House in Richmond.
♦Virginia and Leonard set up Hogarth Press. They publish two short stories, Virginia’s “The Mark on the Wall” and Leonard’s “Three Jews.”

♦World War I ends.
♦Lytton Strachey’s Eminent Victorians is published. Virginia later admits she was jealous of Lytton’s success.

♦Virginia’s novel Night and Day is published by George Duckworth.

♦Virginia publishes a short fictional story called Monday or Tuesday with Hogarth Press.

♦Virginia’s novel Jacob’s Room is published.
Virginia and Leonard take a trip to Spain to visit friend Gerald Brenan.

♦Virginia and Leonard move to Tavistock square in London.

♦Virginia and Vita Sackville-West have a brief sexual affair.
♦Virginia’s book “The Common Reader” is published.
♦Virginia’s novel Mrs. Dalloway is published.
♦Virginia starts writing To The Lighthouse
♦Virginia and Leonard take a trip to Cassis.

♦Virginia’s novel To The Lighthouse is published.
♦Virginia starts writing Orlando.
Virginia and Leonard buy a Singer car.
♦Virginia and Leonard take another trip to Cassis.
Philip Morrell develops a crush on Virginia and unsuccessfully courts her

♦Virginia and Leonard drive to Cassis to visit Vanessa and her lover Duncan Grant.
♦Virginia’s novel “Orlando” is published.

♦Virginia’s book A Room of One’s Own is published.

♦Virginia’s book The Waves is published.

♦Lytton Strachey dies of stomach cancer.
♦Friend Dora Carrington commits suicide.
♦Virginia, Roger Fry and his sister Margery take a trip to Greece.

♦Virginia and Leonard take a trip to France.
♦Virginia’s novel Flush is published.

♦Friend Roger Fry dies after a fall at his home.

♦Virginia and Leonard Woolf take a road trip to France and Italy. They travel through Nazi Germany and Holland en route.

♦Virginia’s nephew Julian Bell is killed during the Spanish Civil War.
♦Virginia’s friend Lady Ottoline Morrell dies.
♦Virginia’s book The Years is published.

♦Virginia’s book Three Guineas is published.

♦Virginia and Leonard take a trip to France.
♦World War II begins on September 3.

♦Virginia’s biography of Roger Fry is published.
♦Virginia’s London homes are destroyed by German bombs.

Virginia goes missing on March 28thand is presumed dead
♦Virginia’s body is discovered in the river Ouse on April 18th. Her drowning death is ruled a suicide.
♦Virginia is cremated and her remains are buried under an Elm tree behind Monk’s house in Rodmell.
♦Virginia’s final novel Between the Acts is published.

Virginia Woolf photographed by George Charles Beresford in July 1902

Virginia Woolf photographed by George Charles Beresford in July 1902

About Rebecca Beatrice Brooks

Rebecca Beatrice Brooks is a freelance writer and history lover who got her start in journalism working for small-town newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Rebecca graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Journalism in 2001.

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