Adeline Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer who is considered one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century, and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. Woolf suffered from severe bouts of mental illness throughout her life and took her own life by drowning in 1941 at the age of 59.
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There can be no two opinions as to what a highbrow is. He is the man or woman of thoroughbred intelligence who rides his mind at a gallop across country in pursuit of an idea.
Somewhere everywhere now hidden now apparent in what ever is written down is the form of a human being. If we seek to know him are we idly occupied?
When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning it satisfies the senses amazingly.
One has to secrete a jelly in which to slip quotations down people's throats - and one always secretes too much jelly.
A good essay must have this permanent quality about it, it must draw its curtain round us but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.
Fiction is like a spider's web attached ever so slightly perhaps but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.