Virginia Woolf: On being ill

Scope and Content

'On being ill', a holograph manuscript of 24 October 1925. There are accompanying letters by Virginia and Leonard Woolf and V. Sackville-West, 1936-1966, and an extract from a sale catalogue of 25 July 1978, concerning letters of Virginia Woolf.

Administrative / Biographical History

(Adeline) Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was born at Kensington on 25 January 1882, the daughter of Sir Leslie Stephen. She was a key figure in the Bloomsbury circle, and married one of its number, Leonard Sidney Woolf (1880-1969), in 1912. She wrote novels, including Mrs Dalloway (1925) and To the lighthouse (1927), and critical essays. She drowned herself on 28 March 1941, following a nervous collapse.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Virginia Woolf in L.G. Wickham Legg and E.T. Williams, eds, Dictionary of national biography, 1941-1950 (Oxford University Press, 1959), pp. 975-976.

Other Finding Aids



The collection is no. 4237 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 426.