The Life & Family Photo Albums of Virginia Woolf


The famous English modernist writer was a pioneer of 'stream-of-consciousness' writing, known for describing raw thoughts and feelings as poignant as her characters. We take a glimpse of Woolf's own family and home life, and how personal life influenced her pen.

The Monk's House family albums are archives of Woolf's photo albums that show her family and friends including Bloomsbury group faces like Roger Eliot Fry, Quentin Bell, E.M. Forster and Lytton Strachey. The archives consist of six albums, recording her life from 1890 to 1947.

Unlike most family albums, Woolf's consists of many landscapes and people-less scenery. such as castles possibly from France, the Monk House in winter and such. The albums consist many portraits of her friends. The Monk's House was her husband's permanent home in which the couple bought for £700 and have both stayed there until her death by suicide in 1941. The house also had a wooden toolshed in which they turned into Woolf's writing room.

Away from busy London, it was in that lodge did Woolf pen her classics: "Mrs. Dalloway (1925)", "To The Lighthouse (1927)", "Orlando (1928)","The Waves (1931)", "The Years (1937)" and "Between The Acts (1941)".

Woolf committed suicide in the nearby river of Ouse.

Images are from The Houghton Library, Harvard University.

2018-03-02 #culture #snapshots #virginia-woolf

One Comment

  1. polaroidlove
    polaroidlove ·

    Thank you! And it's ninety years this year since she wrote 'A Room of One's Own'.

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