Virginia Woolf: vita e opere in inglese

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Virginia Woolf.

Virginia Woolf (Stephen) was born in London in 1882.
She was educated at home because her father thinks girls couldn’t go to school.
After her mother’s death she had a first breakdown and became depressed but then she recovered.
Later died also her father and she had a second breakdown trying to kill herself but she recovered again and started to write for The TLS.
Her brothers often invited at home their friends and created the Bloomsbury Group made up of intellectuals which wanted to rebel against Victorian values to obtain truth and sexual freedom.
Among them was Leonard Woolf, a Jewish writer, who Virginia got married.
Finally she finished her first novel, The Voyage Out, but later she had another breakdown and tried again to commit suicide because she was afraid of what people thought of his work.


She started to keep a journal called A Writer’s Diary and wrote many works like Night and Day, Orlando, Mrs.

Dalloway, The Waves, The Years, Jacob’s Room, her experimental novel, and To the Lighthouse, her masterpiece.
After the war she wrote two letters, to her husband and her sister, and killed herself to the river.
She was a talented literary critic, a short story writer, an essayist and a feminist.
She experimented a new kind of novel in which time wasn’t chronological but past, present and future are all contemporary and overlap.
She wrote about the thoughts and feelings of the character and her aim was now to get the reader to enter into the minds of the characters.


Mrs. Dalloway is developed only in a day and nevertheless we can follow the flow of consciousness and the history of character's life.
Past and present are contemporary in the characters’ mind and the narration changes from one time to another.
The novel To the Lighthouse starts with the theme of loneliness and the structure reflects the idea of the passage of time: the first part, The Window, is set on a afternoon and a evening; the second, Time Passes, in a night; and the third, The Lighthouse, in a morning.
The structure is based on internal monologue and the style is rich of metaphors and symbolism and also the language is poetic and lyrical.


To the Lighthouse is divided into three parts, The Window, Time Passes and The Lighthouse.
The first part presents Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay, inspired by Virginia’s parents, and their children in their summer house with some friends including the painter, Lily Briscoe, who represents Virginia. They wanted to go To the Lighthouse but couldn’t because the weather was bad.
They decide to go to the lighthouse but the weather is bad and they can’t go there.
In the second part the house is closed and after ten years Mrs. Ramsay and two of her children had died but the family decided to return in their summer house together their friends.
In the third part Lily completes a painting that she started ten years before and finally Mr. Ramsay and his children go to the lighthouse.