Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for Biography, Lyndall Gordon's biography on the influential literary figure Virginia Woolf looks at the experiences that shaped her life and art, from her childhood and her relationships with her father and sister, to her marriage and her eventual descent into depression and madness.
From a well connected, literary family, Woolf became a significant figure of the London literati and a member of the Bloomsbury group, publishing her first novel The Voyage Out in her early thirties. But behind the talented author and feminist was a woman who, for years, had suffered from numerous nervous breakdowns and periods of dark depression.
Considered one of the foremost literary figures of twentieth century, Woolf experimented with her writing, creating probing and modern narrative that used stream-of-consciousness writing, fractured narratives, and characters with psychological and emotional motives.
From her privileged childhood to her descent into an inescapable bout of depression that saw her fill her pockets with stones and drown herself in the river, Lyndall Gordon's fascinating biography, 'Virginia Woolf', unviels one of the most complex literary figures of our times.
Author: Lyndall Gordon
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