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Early life

Name: Adeline Virginia Stephen

Born in Kensington , London in 1882 Father : Sir Leslie Stephen-an historian and author and one of the most

prominent figures in the golden age of mountaineering Mother : Julia Prinsep Stephen-born in India and served as a model Siblings : three full siblings and four half-siblings

Monks House-the home of novelist Virginia qoolf

Virginia Woolf and her husband

Educated by her parents at 22 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington

Her most vivid childhood memories were of St. Ives in Cornwall, where the

family spent every summer until 1895 Memories of her family holidays are described in To the Lighthouse Her mothers death in 1895 led to Virginias first nervous breakdowns She studied Greek , Latin and German in Kings College London Her fathers death in 1904 resulted in her most alarming collapse It is suggested that her breakdowns are also because of sexual abuse 1941-commited a suicide

Life in Bloomsbury
After her fathers death Virginia moved to Bloomsbury She joined the Bloomsbury Group-a circle of talented writers

1912-despite her low material status she married Leonard Woolf

1917-Virginia and her husband founded the Hogarth Press which published

Virginias novels along with those of T.S,Elliot and others 1922-met the writer Vita Sackville-West and began a sexual relationship with her

1900-began writing professionally for the Times Literary Supplement with a

journalistic piece about Haworth 1915-her first novel was published -The Voyage Out 1927-To the Lighthouse 1928-Orlando 1931-The waves 1933-Flush: A Biography 1941-Between the Acts

Non-fiction books
Modern Fiction (1919)
The Common Reader (1925) A Room of One's Own (1929)

On Being Ill (1930)

The London Scene (1931) The Common Reader: Second Series (1932) Three Guineas (1938) The Death of the Moth and Other Essays (1942)

Major themes
Communication vs. Privacy
The Fear of Death The Threat of Oppression

Relation of Self to Others

Relation of Art to life Life, Creation and Existence Memory and the Past Society and Class Man and the Natural World

Modern scholarships and interpretations

1997-collection of critical essays with feminist and lesbian themes : Virginia

Woolf: Lesbian Readings 1989-Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on her Life and Work Who's Afraid of Leonard Woolf: A Case for the Sanity of Virginia Woolf 2005-Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life

In 1998 Michael Cunningham's novel The Hours which was focused on three generations of women affected by Woolf s writing was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. In 2002 a film version of the novel starring Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore was released and Nicole Kidman won Academy Award for Best Actress.

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