Wednesday, October 14, 2009
A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN
Adeline Virginia Stephen was born to write. Her father, Leslie Stephen, was an editor, alpinist, biographer, writer, and journalist. Adeline was denied a public school and university education as were most females in that era. Thankfully, she had her father's extensive library to roam. She was a voracious reader.
In 1895, she had her first mental breakdown when her mother passed away. 1904 brought more sadness and mental illness for Adeline when her father passed away. She battled mental illness all of her life and in 1941, upon completion of BETWEEN THE ACTS, took her own life.
Who was Adeline Stephen? We all know her by her middle name and her husband's surname. Virginia Woolf
Have you read any of her work? Sadly, I am struggling to read A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN & THREE GUINEAS. It was a different time and a different mentality than from the world we live in today. (I'm sure she wouldn't be keen on 13 REASONS.)
My question to you is: Are there any classic works of literature you have tried to read, but not been able to finish?