This article is about the British modernist author. For the American children's author, see Virginia Euwer Wolff. For the British rock band, see Virginia Wolf.
Virginia Woolf at age 20
Born Adeline Virginia Stephen
25 January 1882
Kensington, Middlesex, England
Died 28 March 1941 (aged 59)
River Ouse, near Lewes, Sussex, England
Occupation Novelist, essayist, publisher, critic
Alma mater King's College London
Notable works To the Lighthouse
Orlando: A Biography
A Room of One's Own
Spouse Leonard Woolf
(m. 1912–1941; her death)
Insignia of C.H.
Adeline Virginia Woolf (/ˈwʊlf/; née Stephen; 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.
During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous 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 famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Woolf suffered from severe bouts of mental illness throughout her life, thought to have been the result of what is now termed bipolar disorder, and committed suicide by drowning in 1941 at the age of 59.