We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
English modernist writer and member of the Bloomsbury Group
1882 – 1941
Born Adeline Virginia Stephen, Virginia Woolf was an English writer and a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group in London. Woolf began writing at a young age and published her first novel, The Voyage Out, in 1915. In 1917, she founded the Hogarth Press with her husband, Leonard Woolf. Some of her most famous works include Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928), and the essay A Room of One’s Own (1929). Plagued by mental illness throughout her life, Woolf drowned herself at the age of 59.
In A Little History of Literature, Sutherland introduces great classics in his own irresistible way, enlivening his offerings with humour as well as learning: Beowulf, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, the Romantics, Dickens, Moby Dick, The Waste Land, Woolf, …