Virginia Wolf and "To the Lighthouse"

Biographical Information

Virginia Woolf is noted as one of the most influential female novelists of the twentieth century. She is often correlated to the American writer Willa Cather not because they were raised similarly or for any other reason than the style of their writing and their early feminist approach to the craft. Woolf, unlike Cather, was born to privilege, and was "ideally situated to appreciate and experiment with the art of writing" (Biography). Her father was a landed gentleman in England who was a pioneer mountain climber, historian and author. Woolf's mother was at one time a model for painters, a nurse and a nurse educator. The family was well to do and her brothers were educated at Cambridge, the young women were all educated at home using the extensive library that existed on the estate (Biography).

Woolf's very early life was one...
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