Adeline Virginia Woolf (née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English novelist. She is considered as one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device.

Woolf became one of the central subjects of the 1970s movement of feminist criticism, and her works have since garnered much attention and widespread commentary for “inspiring feminism”.

Virginia Woolf in 1902
Virginia Woolf in 1902

As Google celebrates the much-loved author on her 136th birthday on January 25, 2018, with one of its Google Doodles, using an image by London-based illustrator Louise Pomeroy.

Woolf’s first novel, The Voyage Out, was published in 1915, and her subsequent writings established her as one of the leading novelists of her time.

Nicole Kidman won an Oscar award for portraying Virginia Woolf in the film The Hours(2002), an adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Essential Books By Virginia Woolf:-

  • Mrs. Dalloway (1925)
  • Orlando (1928)
  • To the Lighthouse (1927)
  • A Room of One’s Own (1929)
  • The Voyage Out (1915)
  • Night and Day (1919)
  • Jacob’s Room (1922)
  • The Waves (1931)
  • The Years (1937)
  • Between the Acts (1941)

Virginia Woolf’s popular quotes:-

  • One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.(A Room of One’s Own)

  • It is notorious that illusions are shattered by conflict with reality, so no real happiness, no real wit, no real profundity are tolerated where the illusion prevails. (Orlando: A Biography)You cannot find peace by avoiding life. (The Voyage Out)

  • A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. (A Room of One’s Own)

  • As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world. (Three Guineas)

  • I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.(A Room of One’s Own)

  • Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends. (The Waves)

  • If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. (The Moment and Other Essays)

  • Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size. (A Room of One’s Own)

  • Though we see the same world, we see it through different eyes. (Three Guineas)

“I see children running in the garden…The sound of the sea at night…
almost forty years of life, all built on that, permeated by that: so much I could never explain.”

These childhood memories inspired the settings and themes of Woolf’s powerful stream-of-consciousness narratives, a unique literary style that established Woolf as one of modern feminism’s most influential voices.


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