who combined amazingly astute critical
insights with 'moments of being' of superb poetic
beauty. Born Virginia Stephen, married Leonard Woolf. Commonly associated with the Bloomsbury group. Sister of Vanessa Bell
(formerly Vanessa Stephen), also famous -- post-impressionist
painter. Related to Thackeray
and a bunch of other famous folks. Friends with lots of famous writers: Lytton Stratchey
, T.S. Eliot
, etc. Had an affair with Vita Sackville-West. Quite well known for her feminism
. Wrote a lot of essays, a fair number of novels and a number of short stories. Extensive scholarship
has been done on Woolf, as with most 'modernist' writers. Witty and eccentric, rather bitchy at times. Had bouts of depression -- scholars have written on things like manic depression and her works, etc. Killed herself -- drowning -- on 28 March 1941, aged 59.
Set up the very successful Hogarth Press with her husband (eventually owned by Random House!). Printed a variety of important and interesting texts, including Freud
's works and The Wasteland
Often abused by pretentious poseurs
who namedrop. Also hated by undergraduates
who were dealt out bad grades because of her. Misunderstood by aforementioned pretentious poseurs who insist on looking starry-eyed while setting up shrines to her, thus ostentatiously displaying their profound understanding of 'the poetic temperament' and incredible appreciation for the lyrical quality of her works.
Pretentious Poseur: Do you know Virginia Woolf? No? She's like one of the coolest writers around, dude. I can feel her pain man. Life is pain. I want to drown myself too.
English Professor: E.M. Forster
wrote that Woolf's weakness as a writer
is her inability to get out of character. Consider the possible role of dialectic
in Woolf's works with respect to the relevance of a revisioning of the concept of realism
in the wake of World War I
Bitter Undergraduate: Did you know that Woolf caused my GPA to drop by 0.5? I hate these stupid difficult
writers who make no sense.