Adeline Virginia Woolf (/wʊlf/; née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, who is considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device.
Virginia Stephen was born into an affluent household in South Kensington, London. She was the seventh child in a blended family of eight. Her mother, Julia Stephen, celebrated as a Pre-Raphaelite artist's model, had three children from her first marriage, her father Leslie Stephen, a notable man of letters, had one previous daughter, and four children were born in her parents' second marriage, of whom the most well known was the modernist painter Vanessa Stephen (later Vanessa Bell). While the boys in the family were educated at university, the girls were home-schooled in English classics and Victorian literature. An important influence in Virginia's early life was the summer home the family used in St Ives, Cornwall, where she first saw the Godrevy Lighthouse, which was to become iconic in her novel To the Lighthouse (1927). Virginia's childhood came to an abrupt end in 1895 with the death of her mother and her first mental breakdown. This was soon followed by the death of her stepsister and surrogate mother, Stella Duckworth, two years later. The Stephen sisters were then able to attend the Ladies' Department of King's College, where they studied classics and history (1897–1901) and came into contact with early reformers of women's higher education and the women's rights movement. Other important influences were their Cambridge-educated brothers and unfettered access to their father's vast library. Virginia's father encouraged her to become a writer and she began writing professionally in 1900. Their father's death in 1905 was a major turning point in their lives and the cause of another breakdown, following which the Stephens moved from Kensington to the more bohemianBloomsbury, where they adopted a free-spirited lifestyle
Book year: 2018
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