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One of the greatest female authors of all time Virginia Woolf produced a body of writing respected worldwide Driven by uncontrollable circumstances and internal conflict her life was cut short by suicide Her role in feminism along with the personal relationships in her life influenced her literary works Virginias relationships throughout her life contributed not only to her literature but the quality of her life as well Perhaps the greatest influence in Virginias life is her mother Julia Stephen Julia Stephen was the most arresting figure which her daughter Virginia Woolf tried to resurrect and preserve Gordon 4 Woolf a manic-depressive found herself constantly searching for approval Virginia needed her mothers approval in order to measure her own stature Bond 38 Battling with a sense of worthlessness Virginias mother helped her temporarily rid herself of self-criticism and doubt This however was short-lived When Mrs Stephen rejected Virginia she felt her mothers disapproval directly related to the quality of her writing Virginia Woolf could not bear to reread anything she had written Mrs Stephens rejection of Virginia may have been the paradigm of her failure to meet her own standards Bond 39 With the death of her mother Woolf used her novel To the Lighthouse to reconstruct and preserve the memories that still remained According to Woolf the character of Mrs Ramsey in To the Lighthouse was modeled entirely upon that of her mother Bond 27 This helped Virginia in her closure when dealing with the loss and obsession with her mother Although Virginia clung to the relationship with her mother she favored her father Leslie Stephen Virginia resembled her father uncannily in character traits in her writing and self-doubts in her great and malicious sense of humor in her marriage in her frugality in her fear of aging and in her social consciousness Bond 59 They were both extremely outspoken while sparing no ones feelings with their comments Virginia and Leslie
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