Virginia Woolf

( 1882 - 1941 )

Writer and publisher

Virginia Woolf is one of the best-known novelists and diarists of the twentieth century. 

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Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf, by George Charles Beresford, platinum print, July 1902, © National Portrait Gallery, London, CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0

Educated at home, and encouraged to read widely, Virginia Woolf had little structured education. Aged 15, she attended a short series of Greek classes at King's College in London. In 1904 she moved to the first of several residences in London's Bloomsbury and helped to establish the Bloomsbury Circle of writers, intellectuals and artists.

Woolf's own literary career began with the publication of her first novel, The Voyage Out (1915). Her best-known novels include Mrs Dalloway (1925) and To the Lighthouse (1927), both highly imaginative and influential works inspired by her own psychological struggles. Woolf was also a noted campaigner for women's rights, publishing her feminist treatise, A Room of One's Own, in 1929.

A blue plaque for Virginia Woolf can be found at 29 Fitzroy Square, where she moved with her brother Adrian in 1907.

Affiliated with

King's College London

Subjects studied

  • Greek