I do not think that the reductionist term is a fair one to describe Jane Marcus' "Virginia Woolf and Her Violin: Mothering, Madness and Music." But Marcus certainly reduces the complex issue of Woolf's mother/mentors with a cloying metaphor of Woolf as violin-cello. Much more satisfactory in its attention to those complex relationships is Martine Stemerick's "Virginia Woolf and Julia Stephen: The Distaff Side of History." In her feminist/Marxist essay, Stemerick focuses in particular on Stella Duckworth's influence on Woolf. Interestingly enough, although Marcus and Stemerick cover much of the same material, only Stemerick footnotes Stephen Trombley's "All That Summer She Was Mad," a 1981 book that covers similar ground, particularly Woolf's strange relationship with Dr. George Savage.
Woolf began her professional writing career in 1900. Her first novel The Voyage Out was published in 1915 followed by many more novels and essays of immense literary significance. On August 10, 1912, Virginia married writer Leonard Woolf. The couple collaborated to form the Hogarth Press which published the works of Virginia and other contemporary writers and artists. A severe spell of depression hit Woolf again after she finished the manuscript of her last novel. On March 28, 1941, Woolf committed suicide by drowning herself into a river by walking into it wearing an overcoat with pockets filled with stones. Her body was found on April 18, 1941.
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The extensive essay, A Room of One’s Own is an evidence of Virginia’s feminist nature. The various lectures Woolf delivered in women’s colleges of Cambridge University formed the basis for this essay. By taking examples of personalities such as Charlotte Bronte and , Woolf explained the nature of women, their quest for independence and their struggle to achieve notable positions in literary fields and as artists. A lot of Virginia’s work revolves around social class hierarchy, gender relations and consequences of war. Virginia Woolf along with , T.S. Eliot, and Ezra Pound is known to be a founder of the Modernist movement. Today, Woolf’s work is still widely read and used frequently for purposes of scholarly studies.