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Virginia Woolf - A Life of Struggle and AfflictionThe literary critic Queenie Leavis who had been born into the British lower middle class and reared three children while writing and editing and teaching thought Virginia Woolfa preposterous representative of real womens lives There is no reason to suppose MrsWoolf would know which end of the cradle to stir Yet no one was more aware of the price of unworldliness than Virginia Woolf Her imaginative voyages into the waveringly lighted depths of Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse were partly owed to a freedom from the literal daily need of voyaging out - to the shop or the office or even the nursery Her husband Leonard Woolf believed that without the aid of her inheritance his wife would probably not have written a novel at all For money guaranteed not just time but intellectual liberty Im the only woman in England free to write what I like she exulted in her diary in 1925 after the publication of Mrs Dalloway by the Hogarth Press which she and Leonard had set up to free her from the demands of publishers and editors What she liked to write turned out to be of course books that gave voice to much that had gone unheard in the previous history of writing things down the dartings and weavings of the human mind in the fleet elaborations of thought itself Malcomi 4 Mrs Dalloway is a finespun tribute to the complexities of social interaction on a single day in London in 1923 ending with a shallow society hostesss glittering party it is also one of the written about the effects of World War I Virginia Woolf was not without politics or fierce worldly concerns 4-5 The diaries and letters spanning both world wars are filled with bulletins arguments terrors of distant armies and next-door bombs and the precariousness of the entire civilization of which she knew
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