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Virginia Woolf: Becoming a Writer

Katherine Dalsimer


By the time she was twenty-four, Virginia Woolf had suffered a series of devastating losses that later she would describe as “sledge-hammer blows,” beginning with the death of her mother when she was thirteen years old and followed by those of her half-sister, father, and brother. Yet vulnerable as she was (“skinless” was her word) she began, through these years, to practice her art—and to discover how it could serve her. Ultimately, she came to feel that it was her “shock-receiving capacity” that had made her a writer. Astonishingly gifted from the start, Woolf learned to be attentive to the ... More

Keywords: Virginia Woolf, writer, self-reflection, losses, psychoanalytic theory, self-observations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300092080
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300092080.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Dalsimer, author