Remembering Virginia Woolf

25 Jan 2018  Thu

Adeline Virginia Stephen, aka Virginia Woolf, was a celebrated English writer who is considered to be one of the foremost modernists of the 20th century and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. Her nonlinear approach to the narration of the story gripped the audience and exerted a major influence.

She began writing at a very young age and published her first novel, The Voyage Out, in 1915. She wrote modernist classics including “Mrs Dalloway”, “To the Lighthouse” and “Orlando”. She established Hogarth Press, a publishing house with her husband, Leonard Woolf.

A pioneer in feminist works, her works like “A Room of One's Own” and “Three Guineas” are famous in the genre of women’s writing. She became the centre subject of the 1970s movement of feminist criticism. Her views and works have attracted widespread attention and commentary for "inspiring feminism". Her works are widely read all over the world and have been translated into more than fifty languages.

In her personal life, she suffered bouts of deep depression. She committed suicide in 1941, at the age of 59.

You can find Virginia Woolf on the 2006 UK stamp in the collection commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the National Portrait Gallery. Further, a 2.10 Lei stamp of Romania issued in 2007 also portrays this great artist!

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