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Virginia Woolf | Empathic revolutionary

“Woolf’s haunting language, her prescient insights into wide-ranging historical, political, feminist, and artistic issues, and her revisionist experiments with novelistic form during a remarkably productive career altered the course of Modernist and postmodernist letters” (Britannica.com).

Original artwork paired with quote by novelist Virginia Woolf on creative power
Novelty of Nous with illumination on Artistic Mind by Virginia Woolf

Although best known for her non-linear novels, “Woolf also wrote pioneering essays on artistic theory, literary history, women’s writing, and the politics of power. A fine stylist, she experimented with several forms of biographical writing, composed painterly short fictions, and sent to her friends and family a lifetime of brilliant letters” (Britannica.com).

Critics have credited Woolf with “evolving a distinctly feminine diary form, one that explores, with perception, honesty, and humour, her own ever-changing, mosaic self” (Britannica.com).

One of Woolf’s most famous novels, To the Lighthouse (1927), foregrounds questions about creativity and the nature and function of art; and in the essays “The Art of Fiction” and “The New Biography,” Woolf proposed that biographers yoke truth with imagination, or “granite-like solidity” with “rainbow-like intangibility” (Britannica.com).

Sources: Reid, P.. “Virginia Woolf.” Encyclopedia Britannica, Invalid Date. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Virginia-Woolf.

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