Eloquent, profoundly melancholic, intelligent and deeply wise, sentimental and provocative yet always raw in terms of emotion, Virginia Woolf was a woman entirely ahead of her time. This is made with much love and respect in her memory.
amybromley-deactivated20130422 asked: Re: the quote about Proust - do we know whether Woolf read A la recherche in its entirety? I'm trying to work out if/how far his work influenced her.
It took her years but yes, she finally read it. It says so in the biography by Hermione Lee. Read this essay. It is very explanatory on what she thought of Proust and contains valuable information on how he indeed influenced her.
Short Documentary on Adeline Virginia Woolf, exploring her feminism, her relationship with Vita Sackville-West and the last years of her life. (25 January 1882 - 28 March 1941).
“It was a cruel, self-inflicted death. Because she could swim very well. And the instinct of a person drowning must be to save themselves. She was wearing a heavy overcoat and had put stones in her pockets but all the same - she forced herself to die. One of the most gallant, in a way, actions of her own life.”
Virginia Woolf: Letter to Charles E. Brumwell on her essay “Three Guineas”, 12 July 1938.
In Three Guineas Woolf explores the interconnection of patriarchal and fascist tyranny. In her essay, she hoped that the education at women’s colleges would produce the kind of people who will help prevent war. Three Guineas was read by feminist peace activists in the 1960s, and provided many of their slogans. On page 197 of the first edition, Woolf writes: “As a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.