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Adeline Virginia Woolf (Stephen)

Also Known As: "Adeline Virginia Stephen", "Virginia Woolf"
Birthplace: 22 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington, London, Middlesex, England
Death: March 28, 1941 (59)
River Ouse, Lewes, Sussex, England (Suicide by drowning)
Place of Burial: Cremated, Ashes scattered. Specifically: Ashes buried on the grounds of Monks' House
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Herbert Duckworth; Sir Leslie Stephen and Julia Prinsep Stephen
Wife of Leonard Sidney Woolf
Ex-partner of Vita Sackville-West
Sister of Vanessa Bell; Thoby Stephen; Adrian Stephen; Sir George Herbert Duckworth CB FSA; Stella Hills and 1 other
Half sister of Laura Makepeace Stephen

Occupation: Novelist, essayist, publisher, critic, Writer, writer, Authoress
Managed by: Susan Mary Rayner (Green) ( Ryan...
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About Virginia Woolf

Adeline Virginia Woolf (née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer.

She is considered one of the foremost modernist authors of the 20th century and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. Born in an affluent household in Kensington, London, she attended the Ladies' Department of King's College and was acquainted with the early reformers of women's higher education.

Having been home-schooled for the most part of her childhood, mostly in English classics and Victorian literature, Woolf began writing professionally in 1900. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. She published her first novel titled The Voyage Out in 1915, through the Hogarth Press, a publishing house that she established with her husband, Leonard Woolf. Her best-known works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929), with its dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."

Woolf became one of the central subjects of the 1970s movement of feminist criticism, and her works have since garnered much attention and widespread commentary for "inspiring feminism", an aspect of her writing that was unheralded earlier. Her works are widely read all over the world and have been translated into more than fifty languages. She suffered from severe bouts of mental illness throughout her life and took her own life by drowning in 1941 at the age of 59.

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Virginia Woolf's Timeline

January 25, 1882
22 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington, London, Middlesex, England
March 28, 1941
Age 59
River Ouse, Lewes, Sussex, England
April 18, 1941
Age 59
Cremated, Ashes scattered. Specifically: Ashes buried on the grounds of Monks' House