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Virginia Woolf

(1882-1941), Novelist and critic; sister of Vanessa Bell

Virginia Woolf (née Stephen)

Sitter in 63 portraits
Novelist; central figure in the Bloomsbury group of writers, artists and intellectuals. In 1905, with her sister Vanessa, she acted as hostess for the Thursday evening gatherings held at 46 Gordon Square that formed the nucleus of Bloomsbury. Despite intermittent bouts of mental illness she was a major contributor to the development of the novel form in literature. Many of her novels, notably Night and Day (1919) and Jacob's Room (1922), Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and The Waves (1931), pioneered the use of the interior monologue, or 'stream of consciousness' and transformed ideas about structure, plot and characterisation. Her essay A Room of One's Own (1929) has become a classic of feminist literature. She committed suicide in 1941.

More on Woolf: Art historian Frances Spalding on Woolf | Timeline | Woolf and Garsington

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Lytton Strachey; Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1923
NPG Ax13012

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Lytton Strachey; Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1923
NPG Ax13013

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Virginia Woolf

by Steven Edles
photographic reproduction, 20th century
NPG D36291

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