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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Virginia Woolf Purchases Home in Bloomsbury District - 1924
On January 9, 1924, Virginia Woolf and her husband buy a
house at 52 Tavistock Square, in the Bloomsbury district of London near the
British Museum. Woolf had been associated with the district since 1902, when
she took a house in the area with her three siblings after their father's
death. She had remained in the neighborhood, becoming a central character of
the "Bloomsbury Group," a set of writers and thinkers including
biographer Lytton Strachey and writer E.M. Forster. Woolf was born in 1882,
grew up surrounded by intellectuals. The Bloomsbury set embraced progressive
intellectual ideas and sexual liberty: Many of the group, including Woolf
herself, were bisexual or homosexual. Woolf became a regular contributor to the
Times Literary Supplement and also took odd jobs to support herself
until she inherited a comfortable income from an aunt. Virginia married writer
and social reformer Leonard Woolf in 1912. The couple established the Hogarth
Press in their dining room several years later. In addition to Virginia Woolf's
later novels, the press also published T.S. Eliot and translations of Chekhov
and Dostoevsky. Woolf published her groundbreaking novel Mrs. Dalloway
in 1925. Its stream-of-consciousness structure deeply influenced later writers.
That same year, she fell in love with poet Vita Sackville-West, who was married
to the bisexual diplomat and author Harold Nichols. The affair inspired Woolf's
most whimsical work, Orlando. Woolf wrote several more novels as well as
social and literary criticism. However, she suffered from depression and mental
illness all her life. In 1941, fearful for her own sanity and afraid of the
coming world war, she filled her pockets with rocks and drowned herself.
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