Virginia Woolf whose name is originally Adeleine Virginia Woolf, is a woman, writer and feminist in the 20th century. As a British author, critic and essayist, she is known for her famous works To the Lighthouse, A Room of One’s Own and Mrs. Dalloway. She was the pioneer figure in the use of “the Stream of Consciousness” method. She had an extraordinary life that affects her readers with her feminist attitude and here 5 interesting facts about her life.
1)Endless fight with The Mental Illness
After the abuse of her half-brothers and losing her mother and sister, Virginia Woolf faced a great depression which led to psychological problems. After losing her mother she claimed that she is hearing voices then she lost her father as well which makes her illness increased and she is placed in a mental health facility. Doctors advised her not to do intellectual activities but focus on physical activities. Until having affair with her lover, Vita Sackville-West she stopped writing.
2)Affair with Vita Sackville-West
When Woolf met writer Vita Sackville-West, this relationship was not hidden from her husband. Their relationship lasted ten years, and this time was the most productive years in their careers for both women. One of Woolf’s most famous novels, Orlando was written inspired by this relationship and was described by Sackville-West’s son as “the longest and most attractive love letter in literature.”
From the age of 33, Woolf began to keep a diary and she saw many creative benefits of keeping a diary. Her last writing on her diary was recorded four days before her suicide. She left 26 diaries behind that are published by her husband Leonard Woolf after her death. You can find these diaries in “A Writer’s Diary”, which take us on a journey through Virginia Woolf’s private world.
Virginia Woolf studied at the Ladies Department of King’s College London which is the main reason for her becoming a feminist since she met lots of women who have problems with their families, husbands and lives. She heard various stories from those women and met scholars who are a supporter of feminism. Of course, she is inspired by those stories and try to show the realities of women. Although Woolf wrote about the difficulties that women and many women writers like her faced, she didn’t become a symbol of feminism until the 1970s. However, with the second wave of feminism, her works were rediscovered and seen as a symbol of feminism.
On March 28, 1941, she could no longer resist her depression due to bipolar disorder and she committed suicide in the Ouse River behind his house, filling her pockets with stones. Then, in a letter to her husband Leonard, she stated that she was aware of what her depression was doing to her and that she could no longer continue to fight. If anyone could save her, she said it was herself again.