25 January 2013

Happy Birthday Virginia!

"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."—Virginia Woolf

Today is Virginia Woolf's birthday. Born on January 25, 1882 in London, she is one of the great voices of 20th-century British literature. For me as well as countless other female English majors A Room of One's Own was a much-read, beloved book that seemed to speak directly to us. I still have my copy, dogeared with marked-up pages, that I pick up from time to time. For that book alone I would say I like Virginia Woolf. But add Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse and I would say I adore her.

A few weeks ago I picked up a copy of Woolf's A Writer's Diary at Three Lives & Company, my favourite New York bookstore. In honour of the day, I'll think I'll start reading it tonight. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

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