Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

Birth

01/25/1882

First depressive episode

1895

Following her mother's death, Virginia has her fist episode of major depression at the age of 13.

Mental breakdown and first suicide attempt

1904

Virginia's father dies, which prompts a major mental breakdown. She tries to end her life by jumping out of a window but is unsuccessful. She is committed to a mental institution.

Beginning of her professional writing career

1905

She gets a job as a contributor to the "Times Literary Supplement" and also has a few other jobs like teaching or reading to elderly people. Because women did not work in many fields at that time, her options were rather limited.

Bloomsbury Group

1910

The Bloomsbury group is formed, consisting mainly of scholars, artists, and authors, begins meeting in the Bell's home.

Marriage to Leonard Woolf

8/10/1912

Virginia Stephens bcomes Virginia Woolf when she marries Leonard Woolf.

Virginia kills herself

3/28/1941

Virginia writes a suicide note to her sister and her husband, then fills her pockets with stones and walks into the Ouse River where she drowns herself.

Family

Half-sister is institutionalized

1891

Her half-sister Laura Stephens is sent to a mental institution.

Mother's death

1895

Virginia's mother, Julia Stephen, dies when Virginia is 13.

Death of half-sister

1897

Stella Duckworth, Virginia's half sister, dies.

Death of Father

1904

Leslie Stephen, her father, dies of stomach cancer.

Brother dies

1906

Her brother Thoby dies at the age of 26 after contracting typhoid fever in Greece.

Sister marries

1907

Virginia's sister, Vanessa Stephen, marries Clive Bell. Virginia lives with her only remaining full brother, Adrian.

The Woolf's purchase Hogarth's Press

1917

Virginia's family buys a printing press which they call Hogarth's Press. It later becomes a reputable publishing house that publishes work from well-known authors.

Half-brother dies

1934

Her half-brother, George Duckworth dies. Virginia wrote in a memoir a few years later that she and her sister Vanessa were sexually molested by George and his brother when they were younger.

Half-brother dies

1937

Gerald Duckworth, her other half-brother dies in Italy. He was the other brother that molested the Stephen sisters.

Nephew dies

1937

Vanessa's son, Julian Bell, dies in a car crash. He was driving an ambulance in Spain at the time.

Destruction of Hogarth House

1940

The bombing of the city in the Blitz destroys the Woolf's house and their Hogarth Press. They manage to retrieve the papers and printing press.

Outside World

World War I

8/4/1914

Britain joins World War II.

World War I ends

11/11/1918

World War I ends on Armistice Day.

World War II

1939

The Blitz: bombing of London

1940

Books

First novel : The Voyage Out

1915

Virginia publishes her fist novel, titled The Voyage Out.

Night and Day

1919

She publishes another novel called Night and Day. She and Leonard buy Monk's House and continue to live there until their death's.

Jacob's Room

1922

In the same year she published Jacob's Room, she has an affair with Vita Sackville-West, another female married writer, with the knowledge of her husband.

Mrs. Dolloway

1925

To the Lighthouse

1927

Orlando

1928

A Room of One's Own

1929

The Waves

1931

The Years

1937

Three Guineas

1938

Between the Acts

1941

Her final novel is published after her death.