Sunday, December 2, 2012

Virginia Woolf - a potted summary

Extract from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Virginia Woolf (nee Stephens)(1882–1941)

An English writer of novels. She is well known for the experimental style of many of her books. She was one of the first writers to use the ‘stream of consciousness’, a way of describing a person’s thoughts and feelings as a flow of ideas as the person would have experienced them, without using the usual methods of description. She was a member of the Bloomsbury Group and is considered an important early writer about feminism (= the idea that women should have the same rights and opportunities as men). Her best-known novels include Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928).

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. Virginia Woolf