Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was a prolific novelist and essayist, publishing more than 500 essays. Woolf was part of the Bloomsbury group. In "A Room of One's Own" (1929), she wrote, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Woolf committed suicide in 1941. Read more about Virginia Woolf.
1. Virginia Woolf: A Biographyby Quentin Bell. Harcourt. From the publisher: "Here, using excerpts from family journals as well as pieces of Virginia's own correspondance and diaries, Quentin Bell has created an unparalleled portrait of his aunt and provides a view of Bloomsbury life as only a family member could."
2. Virginia Woolf: A Writer's Lifeby Lyndall Gordon. W.W. Norton. Gordon's biography offers a look at the life of Virginia Woolf, including a discussion of her relationships and her madness.
3. Virginia Woolfby Nigel Nicolson. From the publisher: "This biography of Virginia Woolf is unusual. It is written by someone who knew her well when he was a child. Although short, it give the key ideas that have made her life so continuously fascinating to new generations. At the same time it provides a firm record of her literary achievement."
by Ruth Webb. Oxford University Press. From the publisher: "Virginia Woolf is regarded by many readers and critics as one of the most innovative writers of the 20th century. She developed techniques in writing, such as interior monologues and stream of consciousness
prose, that earned her distinction as a leader of Modernism and have become a part of the way we write today."
5. Virginia Woolf: Becoming a Writerby Katherine Dalsimer. Yale University Press. From the publisher: "Following Woolf's lead, psychologist Katherine Dalsimer moves backward and forward between the work of Woolf's maturity and her early journals, letters, and published juvenilia to illuminate the process by which Woolf became a writer."
6. The Measure of Life: Virginia Woolf's Last Yearsby Herbert Marder. Cornell University Press. From the publisher: "Staying close to the spirit of Woolf's own writing, Marder traces her evolving social consciousness in the 1930s, connecting her growing concern with politics and social history with the facts of her daily life."
7. Granite and Rainbow: The Hidden Life of Virginia Woolfby Mitchell Leaska. Rowman & Littlefield. From the publisher: "Mitchell Leaska unearths much new and disturbing material that illuminates both Woolf's life and her work. He recounts the hard realities of her early life -- the succession of tragic and untimely deaths, the illnesses, the stretches of madness..."
8. Editing Virginia Woolf: Interpreting the Modernist TextJames M. Haule (Editor), J. H. Stape (Editor). Palgrave. From the publisher: "This volume covers a wide range of editorial confrontations with Virginia Woolf's writings, touching on almost every genre in which she wrote: fiction, diary, letter, and biography."
9. Virginia Woolfby Hermoine Lee. Knopf. From the publisher: "While Virginia Woolfone of our century's most brilliant and mercurial writershas had no shortage of biographers, none has seemed as naturally suited to the task as Hermione Lee. Subscribing to Virginia Woolf's own belief in the fluidity and elusiveness of identity, Lee comes at her subject from a multitude of perspectives..."
10. Virginia Woolf : Public & Private Negotiationsby Anna Snaith. Palgrave. From the publisher: "In this new paperback edition of Virginia Woolf: Public and Private Negotiations, Anna Snaith explores the centrality of ideas of public and private in Woolf's life and writing."