Adeline Virginia Stephen was born in January 1882 in beautiful London.
Virginia and her family spent the summer in Cornwall and she grew up with the opposites of cute and countryside.
Virginia started writing at an early age and was responsible for a family newspaper at the age of 9.
Her aunt Caroline had influence on her. Made fun of by Virigina's father and being called "Silly Milly" who wrote books, Virgina had a relative who might have understood her interest in writing.
Virginia lived with her aunt for a while and it was there that she started to write professionally.
She wrote for The Guardian about a pilgrimage to the Brontë house.
She was a feminist and is now celebrated as such. To support the cause she spend hours writing addresses on envelopes.
In 1924, she and her husband moved to Bloomsbury where she met Vita Sackville-West. Her future lover.
While she is known for works such as "To the lighthouse " and "Mrs Dalloway", Virigina also wrote loads of letters, diaries, essays about major 20th century issues. She also wrote reviews.
I remember going to a particular second hand book shop in Cologne with my parents more than 12 years ago and finding a beautiful edition of, I think her letters or diaries, where the pages were still closed so I had to cut them open. Her portrait hangs in our living room. Ironic a bit that she is also so know for her portraits given the fact that she didn't like having her photo taken.
Virigina Woolf is one of these authors were I read first a lot about her before I read a work by her. I don't know why but I think her portrait caught my attention when I saw it first. It spoke to me without saying anything and she has been with me ever since.