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Legacy Library: Leonard and Virginia Woolf

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TagsJournals & Periodicals (9), International Politics (4), English Literature (3), Religion & Mythology (2), Dictionaries & Encyclopedias (1), Religious Decoration (1), Education (1), British Politics (1), Economic Policy (1), Biographies (1) — see all tags


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About meLeonard Woolf (25 November 1880 – 14 August 1969) and Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) are considered to be two of the greatest literary minds of twentieth century England. Both were founding members of the prominent Bloomsbury Group, and through Virginia's modernist writing, Leonard's editorial and political enterprise and their joint publishing venture, The Hogarth Press, they influenced artists, philosophers, and writers such as E.M. Forster, T.S. Eliot and H.G. Wells.

About my libraryWithin the Woolfs' library were several collections of papers inserted within the books, along with maps of local areas and destinations travelled to by Leonard and Virginia Woolf:

Leonard and Virginia Woolf Insert Papers
Maps from the Library of Leonard and Virginia Woolf

The library of Monk's House, Rodmell also contained several albums of photographs which were donated to the Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library at Harvard University by Frederick R. Koch. The collection was digitized in 2011.

Monk's House photograph album 1, 1863-1938
Monk's House photograph album 2, 1909-1922
Monk's House photograph album 3, 1890-1933
Monk's House photograph album 4, 1890-1947
Monk's House photograph album 5, 1892-1938
Monk's House photograph album 6, 1850-1900

Sources: With thanks to the librarians and archivists of both institutions, the personal library of Leonard and Virginia Woolf was reproduced from records of extant copies held in the special collections of the Washington State University, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. The collection held by the Washington State University was initially formed with the acquisition of the library at Monk's House, following the death of Leonard Woolf in 1969. This was later enlarged with the acquisition of the books which were inherrited by Trekkier Parsons, the purchase of books sold to Cecil Woolf, and purchases from private book collectors in England. In total, six acquisitions were made to complete the library.

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Real nameLeonard and Virginia Woolf

LocationSussex, England

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Member sinceSep 10, 2012

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