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208.  Virginia Woolf (1882-1941).  Two Stories. London: The Hogarth Press, 1917. RBML

Virginia Woolf, novelist, critic, and essayist was born on January 25, 1882, the daughter of Julie Duckworth and Sir Leslie Stephen. In 1912 she married political theorist Leonard Woolf. Her first novel The Voyage Out was well received. Throughout her life she had suffered from deep depression and debilitating headaches. In 1913 she attempted suicide. Partly for therapeutic reasons she and Leonard Woolf bought a hand press and taught themselves typesetting. From this they set up The Hogarth Press in 1917, which was run from their home, Hogarth House, in Richmond, south west London. The first publication was Two Stories with a story from each of them, The Mark on the Wall by Virginia and Three Jews by Leonard. The Hogarth Press published work by other modern writers including Katherine Mansfield, T. S. Eliot, Maxim Gorky, Christopher Isherwood, Robert Graves, and E. M. Forster. Virginia Woolf is considered to be among the most important English novelists.

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