Both parents were very strong personalities; Virginia would feel overshadowed by them for years.Virginia would suffer through three major mental breakdowns during her lifetime, and she would die during a fourth.The plot is generated by the characters' inner lives, rather than by the external world.
In 1904, her father died, shortly after finishing the and receiving a knighthood.
Though freed from his shadow, Virginia was overcome by the event and suffered her second mental breakdown, combined with scarlet fever and an attempted suicide. They were dedicated to the liberal discussion of politics and art.
Her admiration for strong women was coupled with a growing dislike for male domination in society.
Virginia's feelings were likely affected by her relationship to her stepbrother, George Duckworth, who was fourteen when Virginia was born.
(She had been advised by doctors not to become pregnant after her third serious breakdown in 1913.
Virginia was fond of children, however, and spent much time with her brother's and sister's children.) Through the press, she had an early look at Joyce's and aided authors such as Forster, Freud, Isherwood, Mansfield, Tolstoy, and Chekov. Before her death, Virginia published an extraordinary amount of groundbreaking material.
She was a renowned member of the Bloomsbury Group and a leading writer of the modernist movement with her use of innovative literary techniques.
In contrast to the majority of literature written before the early 1900s, which emphasized plot and detailed descriptions of characters and settings, Woolf's writing thoroughly explores the concepts of time, memory, and consciousness.
The novel represented another break with tradition by becoming the work that Woolf herself admitted...
“The Mark on the Wall” is Virginia Woolf’s first short story and an example of her pioneering, modernist style with stream-of-consciousness and introspection. stands as one of those works of literature that could not be fully appreciated in its time because it appears to have been written specifically for a future zeitgeist. In late October, 1928, Virginia Woolf delivered a lecture on "Women and Fiction" at Newnham and Girton, the two women's college at Cambridge, England.