Essays Virginia Woolf Orlando
James Russell Lowell, the American poet, was her godfather. In 1912, eight years after her father's death, Virginia married Leonard Woolf, a brilliant young writer and critic from Cambridge, England, whose interests in literature as well as in economics and the labor movement were well suited to hers.Her mother, Julia Jackson, died when the child was twelve or thirteen years old. In 1917, for amusement, they founded the Hogarth Press by setting and handprinting on an old press Two Stories by "L. Woolf." The volume was a success, and over the years they published many important books, including Prelude by Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923), then an unknown writer; Poems by T. Eliot (1888–1965); and Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf.Roger Fry's theory of art may have influenced Virginia's technique as a novelist. Broadly speaking, the Bloomsbury group drew from the philosophic interests of its members (who had been educated at Cambridge) the values of love and beauty as essential to life.
She then contrasted this method with another: one that exhibits a new interest in Mrs. Apart from her books, She was a depressive person who committed suicide.
Her death by drowning in Lewes, Sussex, England, on March 28, 1941, has often been regarded as a suicide brought on by the unbearable strains of life during World War II (1939–45; a war fought between the Axis powers: Japan, Italy, and Germany—and the Allies: France, England, the Soviet Union, and the United States).
The true explanation seems to be that she had regularly felt symptoms of a mental breakdown and feared it would be permanent. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and Jacob's Room (1922) represent Virginia Woolf's major achievements.
Dalloway (1925) and To the Lighthouse (1927), successfully follow the latter approach. Dalloway in postwar London; it achieves its vision of reality through the reception by Mrs.
Dalloway's mind of what Virginia Woolf called those "myriad impressions—trivial, fantastic, evanescent [vanishing], or engraved with the sharpness of steel." To the Lighthouse is, in a sense, a family portrait and history rendered in subjective (characterized by personal views) depth through selected points in time.