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Where They Wrote - Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf's writing lodge

When Virginia Woolf and her husband purchased Monk's House in Sussex in 1919, she had a writing room made from an wooden tool shed in the garden. According to Hermione Lee in The Guardian, Woolf write in her "writing lodge" during the summers, where she was easily distracted by both her husband working in the yard and children playing. She wrote parts of all her major novels here, including Mrs. Dalloway and Between the Acts. This was also where she wrote her final letter to her husband before her death in 1941.

Virginia Woolf in "a room of her own"

Woolf's writing lodge was the realization of her belief that writers require a room of their own in which to create:

"All I could do was to offer you an opinion upon one minor point—a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction; and that, as you will see, leaves the great problem of the true nature of woman and the true nature of fiction unsolved."
(A Room of One's Own, 1929)
Monk's House (credit: Oliver Mallinson Lewis)


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