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Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf
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Adeline Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.

During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." more »

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  • ''Knew her own mind. But the mind radically commonplace, only its inherited force, & cumulative sense of power, making it remarkable.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. entry, Dec. 27, 1930, on Queen Victoria. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 3, ed. Anne O. Bell (1980).
  • ''You send a boy to school in order to make friends—the right sort.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 2, entry for Nov. 16, 1921, ed. Anne O. Bell (1978). Woolf was her...
  • ''Really I don't like human nature unless all candied over with art.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 3, entry for May 13, 1926, ed. Anne O. Bell (1980).
  • ''If one could be friendly with women, what a pleasure—the relationship so secret and private compared with relations with men. Why not write about it truthfully?''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 2, entry for Nov. 1, 1924, ed. Anne O. Bell (1978).
  • ''These are the soul's changes. I don't believe in ageing. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism.''
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 4, entry for October 2, 1932, ed. Anne O. Bell (1982).
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