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Virginia Woolf: Google Doodle celebrates 136th birth anniversary of novelist

English novelist Virginia Woolf is regarded as one of the most distinguished literary figures of the 20th century.

  • Published: January 25, 2018 9:28 AM IST
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Google is today remembering one of the most distinguished literary figures of the 20th century – Virginia Woolf. Today’s Google doodle is in celebration of Woolf’s 136th birth anniversary.

Virginia Woolf was born on January 25 1882 in an affluent household in Kensington, London. She was raised by free thinking parents with her father, Sir Leslie Stephen, a historian and an eminent critic, and her mother, Julia Jackson, a celebrated beauty of her time. Though she had a privileged childhood, it all came crashing down with the death of her mother in 1895, followed by her half-sister’s death two years later. But it was her father’s death in 1904 that plunged Woolf into depression.

Incidentally, Woolf’s first piece was published in the year 1904, and she started writing weekly for the Times Literary Supplement from the following year. Woolf’s first published novel was the The Voyage Out in the year 1915. Some of her best-known works include Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One’s Own (1929).

Woolf rose in prominence in the London Literary society between the First and Second World War. Most of her best works were published during this period. She was also one of the major icons of the feminist movement during the 1970s.

Despite this, on March 28, 1941, Woolf took her own life while suffering from yet another episode of depression. She drowned herself in the River Ouse at Sussex, and her body was found three weeks later.

Almost 77 years after her death, Woolf’s non-linear approach to narrative still influences budding writers. Her last novel Between The Acts was published soon after her tragic death in 1941.

  • Published Date: January 25, 2018 9:28 AM IST