Woolf, Virginia

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(1882-1941) UK critic and author, a central figure of the Bloomsbury Group of English writers, famous for novels sensitively structured around the flow of inner consciousness, the best known of these being perhaps To the Lighthouse (1927). Of sf interest is Orlando: A Biography (1928), filmed as Orlando (1992), whose androgynous hero/heroine (see Temporal Adventuress), a portrait of Vita Sackville-West, survives from Elizabethan to modern times, switching back and forth from era to era via Timeslip, and changing Sex more than once (see Gender; Transgender SF); the character of Orlando has become a literary Icon, a fantasticated Feminist vision of the nature of England itself. Later tales whose protagonists similarly manifest themselves through various eras – like Peter Vansittart's The Story Teller (1968) – were almost certainly inspired, directly or indirectly, by Woolf's model. Reincarnated in ghost-form she serves as the protagonist of Maggie Gee's Virginia Woolf in Manhattan (2014). [JC]

Adeline Virginia Woolf

born London: 25 January 1882

died Rodmell, near Lewes, East Sussex: 28 March 1941

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