A plaque at the house reads, “Virginia Woolf 1882-1941, Novelist and Critic, Born and lived here until 1904.”
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Some of her best known works include:
- "Mrs. Dalloway" (1925)
- "To The Lighthouse" (1927)
- "Orlando" (1928)
- "A Room of One's Own" (1929)
- "Three Guineas" (1938)
Woolf is credited with popularizing steam-of-conscious prose style.
This literary style involves a character’s uninterrupted, flowing thoughts, reactions and feelings by objective description or conventional dialogue.
Google included an example of this at the top of its post on Woolf:
"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."
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She was sexually abused by her half-brothers and suffered bouts of depression.
In her essays titled “A Sketch of the Past” and “22 Hyde Park Gate,” Woolf wrote about being sexually abused by her half-brothers George and Gerald at a very young age.
At 13, Woolf’s mother died suddenly from rheumatic fever and her half-sister Stella died two years later.
Her father died in 1904 from stomach cancer.
"It was a string of calamities that could have resulted in a youth that was deeply disturbed," author Nigel Nicolson wrote in his book on the British novelist. "But she was courageous, resilient and enterprising."
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Woolf later died after committing suicide.
In 1941, at age 59, Woolf took her own life by drowning.
According to the Independent, she "wad[ed] into the River Ouse in Sussex with stones lining her pockets to ensure she drowned."
She is regarded as a feminist icon. Some of Woolf’s top quotes on women include:
- "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."
- "As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world."
- "Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind."
- "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."
- "Anything may happen when womanhood has ceased to be a protected occupation."