One day in the life of a woman preparing to give a party and a groundbreaking work of twentieth-century literary fiction
Virginia Woolf was born in London in 1882. After her father's death
in 1904 Virginia and her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, moved to
Bloomsbury and became the centre of 'The Bloomsbury Group'. This
informal collective of artists and writers exerted a powerful
influence over early twentieth-century British culture.
In 1912 Virginia married Leonard Woolf, a writer and social reformer. Three years later, her first novel The Voyage Out was published, followed by Night and Day (1919) and Jacob's Room (1922). Between 1925 and 1931 Virginia Woolf produced what are now regarded as her finest masterpieces, from Mrs Dalloway (1925) to The Waves (1931). She also maintained an astonishing output of literary criticism, short fiction, journalism and biography. On 28 March 1941, a few months before the publication of her final novel, Between the Acts, Virginia Woolf committed suicide.
Mrs Dalloway contains some of the most beautiful, complex,
incisive and idiosyncratic sentences ever written in English, and
that alone would be reason enough to read it. It is one of the most
moving, revolutionary artworks of the twentieth century -- Michael
Cunningham, author of The Hours
A beautiful piece of writing -- Will Self * Guardian *
I think To The Lighthouse and Mrs Dalloway are sheer magic -- Eileen Atkins * Daily Express *
Virginia Woolf was one of the great innovators of that decade of literary Modernism, the 1920s. Novels such as Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse showed how experimental writing could reshape our sense of ordinary life. Taking unremarkable materials - preparations for a genteel party, a day on a bourgeois family holiday - they trace the flow of associations and ideas that we call "consciousness". * Guardian *