How Virginia Woolf Inspired the Bechdel Test

Some people might be surprised to know that the Bechdel Test was indirectly inspired by Virginia Woolf’s non-fiction book A Room of One’s Own, which was published in 1929. The Bechdel Test is a famous feminist benchmark for movies which first originated in a comic strip by Alison Bechdel in 1985. The test uses three … Read more

Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf published her nonfiction book Three Guineas on June 2, 1938 as a sequel to A Room Of One’s Own. The book’s original title was Professions for Women and it was intended to be a novel-essay with alternating fiction and nonfiction chapters. Eventually, Virginia separated the fiction and nonfiction sections. The nonfiction section became … Read more

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf is an extended essay first published on October 24, 1929. The essay is based on two lectures titled Women and Fiction that Virginia Woolf gave at two women’s colleges, Newnham and Girton College, in October of 1928. Angry about her own lack of an education and limited … Read more

Virginia Woolf’s Love of American Writers

Despite her deep English roots, Virginia Woolf was a fan of American writers and felt they were superior to British writers. According to an article in the Dublin Review, Virginia wrote a number of essays praising American writers as modern, experimental and inventive. Virginia felt British literature in the 20th century was tired and worn-out … Read more

Poll: Virginia Woolf’s Best Books

Virginia Woolf was an ambitious and prolific author who wrote not only novels but also nonfiction books. Woolf, in fact, wrote so many groundbreaking, best-selling books that is often difficult for critics and fans to determine which is her best work. While many fans feel Woolf’s best-selling novel “Mrs. Dalloway” is her masterpiece, others claim … Read more