#atozchallenge – Virginia Woolf Inspires Me

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NPG P440; Virginia Woolf (nÈe Stephen) by GisËle FreundI have a confession to make. I’ve always loved melancholy writers. I am drawn to them because of my own mental illness and melancholy ways. Such is the case with Virginia Woolf. I was around 11 when I first read Mrs. Dalloway (another book my mother had to sign at the Library for me to read!). I was drawn to those opening words, “Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.” I was intrigued as to why she would buy them herself. What were they for? But it wasn’t just the words she wrote, it was how she wrote. Her book was the first introduction I would have to stream of consciousness writing. I was also intrigued by the themes of feminism, mental illness and homosexuality. I was just beginning to realize that I was not an average young woman sexually and already suffering from bouts of depression. I wouldn’t read To the Lighthouse, A Room of One’s Own, and Orlando until much later, during college. By then, I understood my sexual preference (bisexual), was well acquainted with my own mental illness, and was a feminist. Her works took on an even greater role in my life as inspiration while I experimented more with my own writing. Without her influence, I would have struggled with who I was as a woman and would never have discovered the flow and rhythm of stream of consciousness.

Here are some of my favorite quotes by Virginia Woolf:

Here is a reading of the suicide letter that she left for her husband Leonard:

And a biography of her:

Interesting Facts: Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. She wrote Orlando for her lover, Vita Sackville-West. Woolf committed suicide by drowning in 1941 at the age of 59. (source)


 

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10 thoughts on “#atozchallenge – Virginia Woolf Inspires Me

  1. I hadn’t realized she was 59 when she drowned. Very interesting post, Lori. (I loved the movie “The Hours.” Have you seen it? Nicole Kidman portrayed her and you couldn’t tell it was Kidman! A very interesting and intense movie.)

    • Yeah, I am surprised she made it to 59. The Hours is one of my favorite movies! I watch it every year (since it came out) for my birthday in June. Kidman is awesome in that role 🙂

  2. Wow, you like meloncoly writers? I had not realized that! LOL….
    I do like how you show us here who she is to love and want to get inspired from. I really like that quote my brain humms with scraps of poetry. Very bleak…lol thanks for sharing her with us.

  3. Sometimes few people really help us groom ourselves to who we really are! And she has surely helped you in that.. Loved the quotes ❤
    Such a heartfelt post Lori!

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