Google celebrates English novelist Virginia Woolf on her 136th birthday with a doodle. Virginia Woolf is widely regarded as one of the most distinguished literary figures of the 20th century, her works include modernist classics such as ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ (1925) and ‘To the Lighthouse’ (1927) as well as feminist texts like ‘A Room of One’s Own’ and ‘Three Guineas.’
Almost 77 years after her tragic death, her work still exerts significant influence on the literary world today. She was one of the major icons of the feminist movement in the 1970s.
She was born in a prosperous household in Kensington, London, Adeline Virginia Stephen was raised by free-thinking parents. Her father, Sir Leslie Stephen was a historian and an eminent critic. Her mother, Julia Jackson – born in British India – was a celebrated beauty of her time.
While Virginia Woolf had a privileged childhood, she also suffered with severe bouts of deep depression throughout her life. She and her sisters were educated at home, and at the age of nine she started writing a family newspaper, Hyde Park Gate News in which she stated weekly family affairs.
On March 28, 1941, suffering from yet another episode of depression, she drowned herself in the River Ouse in Sussex. She left a suicide note for her husband, and her body was found three weeks later. Virginia Woolf undoubtedly left a significant mark on the literary world.