Virginia Woolf, 1882 - 1941

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1902 portrait by George Charles Beresford

Born: 25 January 1882, London, England, UK
Died: 28 March 1941, Lewes, East Sussex, England, UK

Born Adeline Virginia Stephen, her father was a noted man of letters and her mother was from a family in the publishing business. Both of her parents had survived their first spouses, between siblings and half siblings she was one of eight. Both parents were literary figures, noted authors were frequent guests, and the house contained a large library. She was schooled by her parents. She suffered several nervous breakdowns, the first following her mother's 1895 death, and lived with what would probably now be diagnosed as bipolar disorder. A group of writers known as the Bloomsbury Group met regularly in her sister's home for some years, she married one of them, Leonard Woolf, in 1912. In addition to their writing, the Woolfs began a publishing company of some success. In her last depression, Woolf filled the pockets of her overcoat with stones and waded into the River Ouse.

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