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Daemon
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Virginia Woolf

A successful innovator in the form of the novel, Woolf was a significant force in 20th-century fiction. As a novelist, her chief concern was to represent the flow of ordinary experience, and she accomplished this by placing greatest emphasis not on plot or characterization but on her characters' consciousness. Her books include Mrs. Dalloway, Jacob's Room, and To the Lighthouse. Woolf struggled with bouts of depression and, fearing the onset of a breakdown, did what in 1941? More...
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I didn't enjoy Mrs Dalloway, the only book of Woolf's I've read, but I do have sympathy for her. In 1941, fearing another breakdown, Virginia Woolf put on an overcoat, filled the pockets with stones & walked into the River Ouse.



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I can't help thinking of the image in today's "This Day in History" article.
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her books are a must read
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Virginia Woolf’s Handwritten Suicide Note: A Painful and Poignant Farewell (1941)



Dearest,

I feel certain I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can’t concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don’t think two people could have been happier till this terrible disease came. I can’t fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can’t even write this properly. I can’t read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that – everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can’t go on spoiling your life any longer.

I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have been.

http://www.openculture.com/2013/08/virginia-woolfs-handwritten-suicide-note.html
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Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2015 5:13:18 PM

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Has she think too much? Should she have been do some kind of physical work or exercise?
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Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2015 7:31:44 PM

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I do believe that her tormented life shows well within her work; maybe that is what it takes to be great for some artists, or just maybe all of us that create.
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