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Writing of the life of Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1927 Virginia Woolf observed that there are some stories which have to be retold by each generation not that we have anything new to add to them but because of some queer quality in them which makes them not only Shelleys story but our own This has proved true for the lives of any number of great men and women over the past few centuries it has been true for no one perhaps as much as for Virginia Woolf herself In the opening of her comprehensive new biography of Woolf British scholar Hermione Lee lists a few first sentences of other Woolf biographies Virginia Woolf was a Miss Stephen Virginia Woolf was a sexually abused child she was an incest survivor Was Virginia Woolf insane Was Virginia Woolf mad1 Etcetera etcetera What no longer seems possible Lee writes is to start Adeline Virginia Stephen was born on 25 January 1882 Why not Evidently because her life has come to stand for a great deal it has become a heavily loaded symbol in the current dialogues over gender class madness and marriage The famously gifted original neurotic courageous difficult and very imperfect human being she once was has disappeared and in its place is a secular saint Ms Lee points out that all readers of Virginia Woolfs diaries even those who have decided to dislike her will feel an extraordinary sense of intimacy with the voice that is talking there They will want to call her Virginia and speak proprietorially about her life This has proven to be so to an extent that would have appalled the fastidious and publicity-shy novelist Woolfs literary style and the chatty confidential skill with which she charmingly feminized the belletrist tradition of the previous generation has long made readers feel they know her while her beauty and vulner- ability have made them feel protective toward her It is
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