Author Feature: Virginia Woolf

“Let us again pretend that life is a solid substance, shaped like a globe, which we turn about in our fingers. Let us pretend that we can make out a plain and logical story, so that when one matter is despatched — love for instance — we go on, in an orderly manner, to the next.” 
― Virginia Woolf , The Waves
Much has been written about Adeline Virginia Woolf (1882 –1941). One of the most important, modernist 20th-century authors, Woolf was particularly known for her work in Literature through the use of her stream-of-consciousness narrative style as a narrative device.
Despite her present-day success and fame for her contributions to literary history, it is sobering to remember that Woolf led a difficult life, much of it spent battling mental illness — what today's experts would identify as bipolar disorder. In the years that followed the Second World War, Woolf's diary entries displayed her obsession with death. This obsession would only grow stronger and culminate in her eventual suicide in March 1941, when she drowned herself in the River Ouse, situated near her home. Her body was not found until April that year.
We recommend some of her best-selling titles (let's be real — all of them are best-selling, but here's a starter pack).
 
MRS DALLOWAY

by Virginia Woolf 

As Mrs Dalloway works on the preparations for a dinner party, her thoughts throughout the day wander from memories of the past to interrogations about the present and lead her to assess the choices she has made in life and love. Her monologue interweaves with the account of the distress, on that same day, of the shell-shocked veteran Septimus Warren Smith, whose trauma and hallucinations end in tragedy, as the links between the two characters unfold. One of Virginia Woolf's most famous novels, Mrs Dalloway is a triumph of experimentation, a cornerstone of Modernism and a subtle examination of love, freedom, mental illness and the female condition in society. Part of the Alma Classics Evergreens series, this edition contains a wealth of material.

 

 

SELECTED DIARIES

by Virginia Woolf 

Virginia Woolf turned to her diary as to an intimate friend, to whom she could freely and spontaneously confide her thoughts on public events or the joys and trials of domestic life. Between 1st January 1915 and her death in 1941 she regularly recorded her thoughts with unfailing grace, courage, honesty and wit. The result is one of the greatest diaries in the English language.

 

 

NIGHT AND DAY

by Virginia Woolf 

In Night and Day, Virginia Woolf portrays her elder sister Vanessa in the person of Katharine Hilbery - the gifted daughter of a distinguished literary family, trapped in an environment which will not allow her to express herself.

Looking at questions raised by love and marriage, Night and Day paints an unforgettable picture of the London intelligensia before the First World War, with psychological insight, compassion and humour.

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