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Papers of Virginia Woolf, 1902-1956
6 boxes, 217 items (2.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 1

Abstract:
Influential English writer best remembered for her innovative stream-of-consciousness novels. Papers include correspondence, reading notes, drafts of essays and short stories, corrected page proofs of novels and collected essays, printed ephemera, and photographs.
Mortimer Rare Book Room
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
1882 25 January: Born Adeline Virginia Stephen.
1895 5 May: Death of mother, Julia Stephen.
1899 Virginia's brother, Thoby Stephen, attends Cambridge, where he meets members of the future Bloomsbury Group (Lytton Strachey, Leonard Woolf, Clive Bell).
1904 22 February: Death of father, Leslie Stephen. Travels in Italy. Moves to Gordon Square. 14 December: Virginia's first publication, an unsigned review, appears in the Guardian.
1905 Travels in Spain and Portugal.
1906 Travels in Greece. 20 November: Death of brother, Thoby Stephen.
1907 7 February: Marriage of Vanessa Stephen and Clive Bell. April: Moves to 29 Fitzroy Square.
1908 4 February: Nephew Julian Bell is born.
1909 17 February: Lytton Strachey proposes marriage to Virginia, and she accepts. The engagement is soon called off.
1910 19 August: Nephew Claudian [Quentin] Bell is born.
1912 10 August: Marries Leonard Woolf.
1913 Suicide attempt.
1915 March: The Voyage Out (originally entitled Melymbrosia) is published.
1917 Formation of Hogarth Press.
1918 May: Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians is published.
1919 July: The Woolfs buy Monk's House. 20 October: Publication of Night and Day.
1921 March: Publication of Monday or Tuesday.
1922 October: Jacob's Room published. December: Meets Vita Sackville-West.
1924 Moves to 52 Tavistock Square.
1925 April: Publication of The Common Reader. May: Publication of Mrs. Dalloway
1927 May: To the Lighthouse is published.
1928 Awarded Femina Vie Heureuse prize. October: Publication of Orlando. At Cambridge reads two papers on which A Room of One's Own is based.
1929 October: Publication of A Room of One's Own.
1930 February: Meets Ethel Smyth.
1931 October: Publication of The Waves.
1932 January: Death of Lytton Strachey. July: Letter to a Young Poet is published.
1933 Flush is published by Hogarth Press.
1934 September: Death of Roger Fry.
1937 March: Publication of The Years. July: Julian Bell dies in Spanish Civil War.
1938 June: Publication of Three Guineas.
1939 August: Virginia and Leonard move to 37 Mecklenburgh Square.
1940 July: Publication of Roger Fry: A Biography.
1941 26 February: Between the Acts is completed. 28 March: Commits suicide.
Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Virginia Woolf Papers consist of 2.25 linear feet of material, dating from 1902 to 1956. Types of materials include correspondence, reading notes, drafts of essays and short stories, corrected page proofs of novels and collected essays, printed ephemera, and photographs. The bulk of the collection was assembled by Frances Hooper (1892-1986) and bequeathed to Smith College in 1986. A few additional manuscripts have been added through purchase and gift. The papers are arranged in six series.


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Papers of Virginia Woolf, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College.

History of the Collection

The bulk of the collection was assembled by Frances Hooper (1892-1986) and bequeathed to Smith College in 1986. A few additional manuscripts have been added through purchase and gift.


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Mortimer Rare Book Room
William Allan Neilson Library
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2906
Fax: (413) 585-2904

Email: mrbr@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/rarebook

Language
English.