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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  • The thing about Proust is his combination of the utmost sensibility with the utmost tenacity. He searches out these butterfly shades to the last grain. He is as tough as catgut and as evanescent as a ...
    Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, vol. 3, entry for April 8, 1925, ed. Anne O. Bell (1980).
  • ''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).
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