Happy Birthday, Virginia Woolf!

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Few writers made greater contributions to literature in the 20th century than Virginia Woolf.

Woolf always brought fresh style and perspective to her work, such as the stream of consciousness in Mrs. Dalloway, the gender-bending cross-dressing epic Orlando: A Biography, or her bold critique of English patriarchy in A Room of One’s Own.

Along with being a prodigious novelist and essayist, Woolf was also an avid diarist, leaving behind 26 volumes of handwritten work.

Brainpickings is running a fascinating article that highlights some of Woolf’s journal entries. The entries offer insight into her life and illustrate how important she believed it was to keep a diary.

Enjoy the article and have a slice of cake for Virginia.


Pat Johnson is currently working on his master’s in Fiction Writing at San Francisco State University, and is the owner and editor of the satirical news website The New Porker. When Pat’s not reading or writing he’s likely squeezing a lime into a Tecate and headed to the dance floor. He also creates short films, documentaries, and sketch comedies. Pat is completing his first novel, The Virgin and Marilyn Monroe, and writing a book of Creative Non-Fiction short stories. More from this author →