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Happy Birthday Virginia Woolf!: Celebrate Her Life with Previews of Her 10 Greatest Works

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Happy birthday, Virginia Woolf! Born in 1882, the English author, critic and essayist would have been 136 today. Over the course of her life, Woolf wrote some of the best and most inspirational feminist texts to ever be written. A Room of One’s Own written in 1929, was perhaps her best known essay; she argued for giving female writers space, both literally and figuratively, and to make their voices heard in a world where men’s writing was and still is the standard. Woolf’s books remain popular in classrooms, libraries, and on personal bookshelves. Here, in celebration of her life and the movements inspired, we have  previews of her 10 greatest works: Between the Acts To the Lighthouse A Room of One’s Own…

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Happy 134th Birthday to Virginia Woolf

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“Words, English words, are full of echoes, memories, associations…” So spake Virginia Woolf, in a 1937 recording for a BBC radio series called Words Fail Me. On January 25, Woolf’s 134th birthday, it’s curious to listen to the physical voice of an author who gave a voice to the voiceless, helping to give birth to an entire literary movement along the way. The recording, an excerpt of a talk titled “Craftsmanship” uncovered in 2013, sounds hauntingly normal for a woman whose imaginative stream-of-consciousness novels have been read by pretty much every high school student in the United States for the past 50 years. On her birthday, it’s worth listening to her musings on the nature of words, which she was…

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