I believe, however, that the good sense of the proceeding will make it prevail; that is, if I can dispose of the eggshells. So wrote Virginia Woolf years ago, musing on her latest domestic experiment. This attempt to cook eggs in bed was a light interlude in what was to become one of the worst years of her life. Reading her letters and diaries recently in the London Library, I discovered a more playful side to the modernist writer, who we have come to think of as stern, humourless, even tortured.
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Born in London into a large family of rather eminent Victorians, Virginia Woolf wrote ten novels, in addition to copious essays and short stories, which have secured her a place in the modernist canon afforded few other women writers. Sir Leslie Stephen, literary critic and editor of the Dictionary of National Biography , who although he did not believe in formally educating girls, made his voluminous library available to his precocious daughter Virginia. Forster , Duncan Grant and Lytton Strachey —the latter three of whom were homosexual. Although she admitted feeling no physical attraction for him, Virginia Stephen agreed to marry Leonard Woolf in All biographers agree that it was essentially a sexless marriage, but many also agree that on some levels it was a satisfying partnership for both. Their union is undoubtedly responsible for creating one of the most important presses in the history of twentieth-century literature: the Hogarth Press, which published some of the most important authors in the modernist canon, including T.
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Virginia Woolf, who wrote some of the most crucial works of the 20th century, met poet Vita Sackville-West in And is due to be adapted to film later this year. During the affair, Virginia was married to Leonard Woolf. In an excerpt from her diary, she details a visit Vita paid her while Leonard was home in
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 , To the Lighthouse and Orlando , and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own , with its famous dictum, "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. Virginia's parents had each been married previously, and their spouses had died. Consequently, the household contained the children of three marriages: Julia's children with her first husband Herbert Duckworth: George Duckworth — ; Stella Duckworth — ; and Gerald Duckworth — Laura Makepeace Stephen — , Leslie's daughter with Minny Thackeray, who was declared mentally disabled and lived with them until she was institutionalised in to the end of her life; and Leslie and Julia's children: Vanessa Stephen — ; Thoby Stephen — ; Virginia; and Adrian Stephen —