Virginia Woolf

1882 - 1941

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Adeline Virginia Woolf (; née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer. She is considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Virginia Woolf has received more than 15,664,820 page views. Her biography is available in 109 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 106 in 2019). Virginia Woolf is the 102nd most popular writer (down from 88th in 2019), the 63rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 64th in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Writer.

Virginia Woolf is most famous for her novels Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and The Waves.

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Notable Works

Room of one's own
The Waves
Mrs. Dalloway
English fiction
This Novel Is Set In London At The End Of First World War. It Is The Story Of Clarissa Dalloway And Her Interaction With A Host Of Other Individuals. The Characteristic Feature Of The Novel Is That It Has No Plot In The Conventional Sense. Instead, A Series Of Images Are Presented In A Fragmentary And Spasmodic Nature . The Dominant Theme Is The Sense Of Consciousness Which Permeates The Novel And Makes The Reader Aware Of The Force Of Life Surrounding The Various Characters And Events.
To the Lighthouse
The waves
To the Lighthouse
Fiction, Married people, Death
This novel is an extraordinarily poignant evocation of a lost happiness that lives on in the memory. For years now the Ramsays have spent every summer in their holiday home in Scotland, and they expect these summers will go on forever.In this, her most autobiographical novel, Virginia Woolf captures the intensity of childhood longing and delight, and the shifting complexity of adult relationships. From an acute awareness of transcience, she creates an enduring work of art.
Voyage Out
Man-woman relationships, fiction, Fiction, general, Young women, fiction
“The Voyage Out” by Virginia Woolf. This is a story about a young English woman, Rachel, on a sea voyage from London, to a South American coastal city of Santa Marina. As I read the story, the title of the story became a metaphor for Rachel's inner journey. The inner journey within this story is perhaps best summarized in the author's words: “The next few months passed away, as many years can pass away, without definite events, and yet, if suddenly disturbed, it would be seen that such months or years had a character unlike others.” Rachel's mother has passed away many years ago. The sea voyage and the subsequent months in Santa Marina show that Rachel is also on an inner journey, to understand herself better. She seeks advice from Helen, her aunt, and Helen and Rachel become close friends. “…................The vision of her own personality, of herself as a real everlasting thing, different from anything else, unmergeable, like the sea or the wind, flashed into Rachel's mind, and she became profoundly excited at the thought of living...................” Rachel falls in love with a young Englishman, Terence, in Santa Marina. But tragically, she falls ill and dies. Yet, in the brief time that Helen and Terence have known her, her journey has also made them reflect about their own lives.
Jacob's Room
Fiction, Young men, World War, 1914-1918
Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf
Mrs. Dalloway
Fiction, Married women, Married women in fiction
Virginia Woolf’s novel chronicles a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a politician’s wife in 1920s London, as she prepares to host a party that evening. The narrative follows Clarissa’s thoughts (and sometimes those of people she meets) as she goes about her errands, and events in the day remind her of her youth and friendships from the past. As the book progresses characters from the past emerge, igniting old feelings and making Clarissa question the life she has created for herself. *Mrs. Dalloway* became the inspiration for Michael Cunningham’s 1998 novel *The Hours*.
Nobility in fiction, Gender identity in fiction, Fiction
In her most exuberant, most fanciful novel, Woolf has created a character liberated from the restraints of time and sex. Born in the Elizabethan Age to wealth and position, Orlando is a young nobleman at the beginning of the story-and a modern woman three centuries later.
A Room of One's Own
Authorship, Economic conditions, Feminism
A Room of One's Own is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on 24 October 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women's colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. While this extended essay in fact employs a fictional narrator and narrative to explore women both as writers of and characters in fiction, the manuscript for the delivery of the series of lectures, titled "Women and Fiction", and hence the essay, are considered non-fiction. The essay is generally seen as a feminist text, and is noted in its argument for both a literal and figural space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by patriarchy.


Among writers, Virginia Woolf ranks 102 out of 7,302Before her are Matsuo Bashō, George Sand, Marquis de Sade, Jonathan Swift, Ismail I, and James Joyce. After her are Paulo Coelho, Abu Nuwas, Du Fu, André Gide, Stephen King, and Maurice Maeterlinck.

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Among people born in 1882, Virginia Woolf ranks 4Before her are Franklin D. Roosevelt, Igor Stravinsky, and James Joyce. After her are Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, Wilhelm Keitel, Georges Braque, Max Born, Sigrid Undset, Georgi Dimitrov, Emmy Noether, and Abdullah I of Jordan. Among people deceased in 1941, Virginia Woolf ranks 5Before her are Wilhelm II, German Emperor, Rabindranath Tagore, Henri Bergson, and James Joyce. After her are Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Alfonso XIII of Spain, Maurice Leblanc, Maximilian Kolbe, Emanuel Lasker, Walther Nernst, and Arthur Evans.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Virginia Woolf ranks 63 out of 8,785Before her are Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900), Emily Brontë (1818), Herbert Spencer (1820), Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930), William Wallace (1270), and Edward Jenner (1749). After her are Charles, Prince of Wales (1948), Harold Harefoot (1016), Thomas Robert Malthus (1766), Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1857), John Stuart Mill (1806), and Alex Ferguson (1941).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Virginia Woolf ranks 9Before her are Agatha Christie (1890), Charles Dickens (1812), Jane Austen (1775), Arthur Conan Doyle (1859), Daniel Defoe (1660), and Emily Brontë (1818). After her are Charlotte Brontë (1816), Lewis Carroll (1832), Mary Shelley (1797), Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), Walter Scott (1771), and Terry Pratchett (1948).