Virginia Woolf, who was one of the foremost modernists, pioneered the stream of consciousness novel and was an early feminist.
But mental illness plagued her most of her adult life.
She suffered from depression, voices in her head, violent mood swings, and tremendous sexual and emotional confusion.
On March 28, 1941, Woolf put on a long coat, filled its pockets with rocks, and walked into the Ouse River in Sussex, drowning herself.
This was the experience Woolf had earlier labeled “the one I shall never describe.”
Virginia Woolf’s most famous works include the novel Mrs Dalloway (1925), and the book-length essay A Room of One’s Own (1929).