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A Week in Literary History

January 25th, 2002

Novelist and future Bloomsberry Virginia Woolf (Mrs Dalloway, 1925) is born in South London in 1882, daughter of the famous literary intellectual Leslie Stephen.

Virginia Woolf, b. January 25, 1882, d. 1941

woolf.pngAll of Virginia Woolf’s fans have their favorites among her books, but the two that ensure her standing as a great author are Mrs Dalloway, which has been recently disfigured into another book and an absurd film, and To the Lighthouse. Picking up Lighthouse for the first time and reading it through, you will immediately want to start at the beginning and read it again, not only for the wonderful interplay of motifs, but for the sheer beauty of the language. And there are few moments in literature more magisterial than when Mrs Dalloway, at the end of her book, descends the staircase to her party. Woolf’s art was fragile, but as precious as crystal.

Suggested Reading Novels The Voyage Out, 1915. Night and Day, 1919. Jacob’s Room, 1922. Mrs Dalloway, 1925. To the Lighthouse, 1927. Orlando: A Biography, 1928. The Waves, 1931. Flush: A Biography, 1933. The Years, 1937. Between the Acts, 1941. Other The Common Reader, 1925. Roger Fry: A Biography, 1940. Collected Essays, 1966-67. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Vols. I-V, 1984.

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