Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and is considered to be one of the most prolific modernist writers of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was an influential figure in literary circles. Most notably, she was central figure in the group of intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group.
Woolf, whose notable novels include Mrs Dalloway, Orlando, To the Lighthouse and A Room of One’s Own, is described as a literary innovator. Her experimental prose which used a ‘stream of consciousness’ to explore the interior motives of her characters – a technique which transformed the settings and premises of her novels – was celebrated during her career and has been influential on authors such as Michael Cunningham and Ali Smith.
Woolf’s work explores such ideas as the female identity, the effects of the war on society, the dawning of a new way of life and the disillusionment of the National identity. Her work is widely considered to be an effective capturing, in words, of the feelings of a large portion of society in the 1920s when a new world order was being established.