Virginia Woolf

Portrait: Virginia WoolfHow could she calm down her mind comparable to “a beehive of unresting words”, as Virginia asked Leonard Woolf who, as an answer, fell in love with and wanted to marry her. And she, at the age of 30, after meditating awhile about her body, as wordless as a stone and about her unability in housekeeping, accepted to be called Virginia Woolf. This marriage represented for her a shield and a refuge: her husband tried to protect her anyhow from the assaults of mental illness and reassured her about her literary production. But even worse than the exacting fatigue of writing, it was for her the exhausting wait for publication, when the reactions of critics and public came.
When she finished her novel “The voyage out”, for instance, her balance broke down and for long months she was secluded in a mental hospital, closely watched.
In her biography written by her nephew Quentin Bell it is told about her first suicide attempt as soon as she got married, her very tense friendships, her sexual repulsion and depressive crises, but also here love for her husband, her pleasure in conversation, her happy anxiety when at work (whenever the hells of psychosis were far away).
Virginia Woolf had no ability for being a celebrity, because of her fragility- never healed in spite of her success- and her hypersensitivity which never allowed her to get accustomed to the ordinary hardness of social relationships. A genius in foreseeing several feminist issues, she demanded acknowledgement for the difference of feminine feeling by analizing with her clear mind the constraining of women inside the patriarchal system.
In 1941, when her mental illness came back in all his horror, Virginia, who knew by heart the symptoms (the tight hold to her temples, the voices who called her, the insomnia, disgust for food) felt she could not stand it anymore and decided to meet her end by getting drowned.

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