Despite being considered one of the foremost modernists authors of the 20th-century, most American millennials probably haven’t heard of English novelist Virginia Woolf, whose 136th birthday we ¾ and Google’s Doodle ¾ celebrate today. Best-known for her works Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To The Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928) and A Room of One’s Own (1929), which were later considered to be an inspiration for feminism, Virginia Woolf became a feminist icon during the feminist literary criticism movement of the 70’s.
Born in January 25, 1882 in Kensington, England, Virginia Woolf is credited with “popularizing the stream-of-consciousness style of prose, giving the English novel a bold, new voice and pushing it beyond the tried-and-tested narrative structures of the Victorian era into fresh and experimental new territory”, according to Independent UK. Together with her husband Leonard and her sister Vanessa Bell, she was an essential member of an intellectual circle made up of writers, artists and thinkers known as Bloomsbury Group (TIME).
Virginia Woolf suffered from mental illnesses and depression and ended up killing herself by throwing herself to a river in March 28, 1941. She will forever be celebrated for her outstanding life and work, as one of the greatest authors of her time due to her exploration of modernism and feminist narratives. Virginia Woolf and her famous quote: "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction," will continue to influence not only the world of literature but also women throughout the planet.
Other quotes by Virginia Wolf on women:
· “As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.”
· “Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.”
· “Anything may happen when womanhood has ceased to be a protected occupation.”
· “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”