Join us for what is considered by many to be one of the greatest books of all time. Set in Edwardian London, it contrasts the lives and romances of two women, while dealing with love, happiness, success, self-discovery and even women's suffrage. Woolf is able to reveal the many facets of an individual, while capturing the nuances of a glance, a word, or a movement with phemenal descriptions of characters and settings.
Virginia Woolf was born Adeline Virginia Stephen, on January 25, 1882, in Kensington, London, England. Her father was an author and historian and her mother was a renowned model. There were many children in the household as her mother had three from her first marriage, her father had one from his first marriage and they had four together, for a total of eight. Virginia was educated by her parents. When she was thirteen, her mother died, followed by one of her half-sisters, and she suffered a mental breakdown. Nine years later, her father passed away and she was institutionalized. She did manage to take courses at King's College, London but spent parts of 1910, 1912 and 1913 in a private facility. In 1912, Virginia married Leonard Woolf. He was poor, but they remained happily married and founded Hogarth Press, which published Virginia's novels and works by T. S. Eliot among others. In 1922, she had an affair with a married woman, with whom she remained close her entire life. Her first professional work was about the home of the Bronte family in 1900, followed by a novel, The Voyage Out, in 1915. Her last novel was Between the Acts in 1941. Falling into another bout of depression, after the onset of World War II, and unable to work, Virginia filled her coat pocket with stones and walked into the River Ouse on March 28, 1941, at age 59, drowning herself. Her body was not found until April 18th. She was cremated, her ashes buried under an elm tree in their garden in Sussex, England.