Virginia Woolf was born in England, in 1882, to wealthy and accomplished parents. She began her first novel, The Voyage Out, in 1908, which was completed a few years later and was published in 1915. From this point, until her death in 1941, she wrote much more, including such famous works as To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928) and A Room of One's Own (1929).
Valued as an intellectual, she became very influential, speaking at universities, and publishing a number of essays and short stories. She was considered a modernist, but also a pioneering feminist. As such, it is no surprise that the women’s movement of the 1970’s sparked a resurgence in the popularity of her work that has carried her name into the 21st century.