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A Room of One's Own
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Woolf was born into an affluent household in South Kensington , London, the seventh child in a blended family of eight which included the modernist painter Vanessa Bell. While the boys in the family received college educations, the girls were home-schooled in English classics and Victorian literature. An important influence in Virginia Woolf's early life was the summer home the family used in St Ives, Cornwall , where she first saw the Godrevy Lighthouse , which was to become central to her novel To the Lighthouse Woolf's childhood came to an abrupt end in with the death of her mother and her first mental breakdown, followed two years later by the death of her half-sister and a mother figure to her, Stella Duckworth. From to , she attended the Ladies' Department of King's College London , where she studied classics and history and came into contact with early reformers of women's higher education and the women's rights movement. Other important influences were her Cambridge -educated brothers and unfettered access to her father's vast library.
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The War lurks behind this section — that is, WWI. But if we expect a linear, teleological narrative with a clear goal and conclusion, our expectations are to be dashed, because To the Lighthouse is all about delay, repetition, and inaction. It is, after all, years later and the children have grown up. Thus the novel ostensibly remains a novel with a linear narrative as its title and three-part structure imply , while at the same time it seems to be straining against the limits or expectations of such a narrative.
In the spring of , Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, freelance writers married to each other and living in Los Angeles, were engaged to write a regular column for the Saturday Evening Post. This was a good gig. The space they had to fill was neither long nor short—about twelve hundred words, a gallop larger than the Comment that opens this magazine. The Post paid them well, and Didion and Dunne each had to file one piece a month.