Google has commemorated the 136th birthday of noted author and writer, Virginia Woolf with a doodle. She was born on January 25, 1882, in London to critic and historian Sir Leslie Stephen and the celebrated beauty Julia Stephen. She was raised in a literate and well-connected household that had a large library, and a constant stream of literary visitors. Some of her popular fiction books ‘Jacob’s Room’ (1922), ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ (1925), ‘Lighthouse’ (1927), ‘Between the Acts’ (1941) including many others. Her non-fiction books that gained popularity include ‘A Room of One’s Own’ (1929) and ‘Three Guineas’ (1938). Both the books showcased Woolf’s feminist perspective and the male-dominated power dynamics of the period.
In 1912, she married Leonard and also became part of an influential group of writers known as the Bloomsbury Group, quite known in London in the early 20th century. ‘The Voyage Out’ that was published in 1915 was Woolf’s first novel. Her writings that followed the book established her as one of the leading novelists of her time. Woolf’s unique literary style of writing established her as one of the modern feminism’s most influential voices. Her legacy continued even after her death with the rise of the feminist movement in the 1970s.
Woolf’s doodle has been designed by London-based illustrator Louise Pomeroy. The doodle portrays her minimalist style and her iconic profile surrounded by the falling autumn leaves which have regularly been a visual theme in her work. Woolf suffered issues with mental health after her mother died in 1895 and worsened after father passed away in 1904. The famous play ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ by Edward Ablee had inspired a film version starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Woolf died on March 28, 1941, at the age of 59 in Sussex, England.