Virginia Woolf, an English writer considered one of the most important modernist 20th century authors and pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness narrative, was born on this day in 1882. Because we already know how great her words are on the page (and if you haven’t read her books yet, what are you waiting for?), here are 5 adaptations about her life and works that you can watch to celebrate her legacy.
1. Vita and Virginia (2018)
A biographical romantic drama film set in the 1920s following the writers Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf in different London circles. When they meet, Vita decides Virginia will be her next conquest. They have an affair against the background of each of their open marriages.
2. Orlando (1992)
loosely based on Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel Orlando: A Biography. After Queen Elizabeth I commands him not to grow old, a young nobleman struggles with love and his place in the world.
3. Mrs Dalloway (1997)
Based on the novel of the same name: In 1923 London, socialite Clarissa Dalloway’s (Vanessa Redgrave’s) well-planned party is overshadowed by the return of an old suitor she had known thirty-three years earlier.
4. To the Lighthouse (1983)
A family spends their last summer at the seashore, before personal tragedy and the outbreak of World War I destroy their world.
5. A Room of One’s Own (1991)
First adapted as a play by Patrick Garland that premiered in 1989; a television adaptation of that play was broadcast on PBS Masterpiece Theatre in 1991, A Room of One’s Own is a one-woman show based on the writings of Virginia Woolf.