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Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. She was a major figure in London literary circles and at the center of the Bloomsbury Group.
She was a major lyrical novelist as well as one of the most innovative linguists of her time. Her greatest literary gift was to take the banal and elevate it into works of great poetic intensity, employing experimental techniques to get at the psychological and emotional core of her characters.
Her most famous works include the novels, Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928) & Between the Acts (1941), as well as the influential Feminist Essay, A Room of One’s Own (1929). The latter work created a literal space for women creating within a largely a male dominated tradition.
*Portrait of Virginia Woolf by Roger Fry