By Jessica Schiff Berman (ed.)
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Extra resources for A companion to Virginia Woolf
Although a reader walking by is not allowed to walk into the currently occupied building, the short text of the plaque allows an informed observer to open up the well-documented story. The plaques on 22 Hyde Park Gate with their shared end date of 1904 point to the fact that Stephen’s death in 1904 precipitated the departure of his daughters. What these plaques do not relate, of course, are the lives of the other children or the traumatic deaths that occurred here and that molded Woolf’s life. On May 5, 1895, Julia Stephen died; Virginia was 13.
The short stories thus preceded and succeeded the novel, inspiring, inhabiting, and exceeding it. They also became the link between Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse (1927), as Woolf suggested in a notebook entitled “Notes for Writing” in March 1925: My idea is that these sketches will be a corridor leading from Mrs. Dalloway to a new book. What I expect to happen is that some two figures will detach themselves from the party & go off independently into another volume: but I have no notion of this at present.
In September 1913, she attempted suicide, and she was mentally ill for much of 1915. By 1917 the Woolfs were settled in Hogarth House in the suburban Richmond, chosen as a stable place for her health. Her breakdown, whatever its causes, had seemed tied to the publication of The Voyage Out. Living in Richmond, she published her first novel of the streets and neighborhoods of London, Night and Day, which features a heroine raised in Carlyle’s neighborhood in Chelsea. Katharine Hilbery, said to be modeled on Vanessa, inhabits a biographical workshop.
A companion to Virginia Woolf by Jessica Schiff Berman (ed.)