English novelist Virginia Woolf died on March 28, 1941 near East Sussex, England. She one of the foremost modernist writers of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One’s Own (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." After completing the manuscript of her last (posthumously published) novel, Between the Acts, Woolf fell into a deep depression. The onset of World War II, the destruction of her London home during the Blitz, and the cool reception given to her biography of her late friend Roger Fry all worsened her condition until she was unable to work. On March 28, 1941, Woolf put on her overcoat, filled its pockets with stones, and walked into the River Ouse near her home and drowned herself. Woolf's body was not found until April 18 1941. Her husband buried her cremated remains under an elm in the garden of Monk’s House, their home in Rodmell, Sussex.
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