Woolf, Leonard Sidney

Scope and Content

Two typescript letters to Professor W.A. Davenport, Oct-Nov 1967, relating to Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse .

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1880, Leonard Woolf worked for the Ceylon Civil Service from 1904-1911. He was the editor of the International Review , 1919, the literary editor of The Nation , 1923-1930, and joint editor of the Political Quarterly , 1931-1959. He was a member of the National Whitley Council for Administrative and Legal Departments of the Civil Service, 1938-1955. He was married to Virginia Stephen in 1912, and they founded the Hogarth Press in 1917. The Press published many of the works of the Bloomsbury group, including those of Virginia herself. To the Lighthouse , which was written in 1927, examined the life of an upper middle class British family, portraying the fragility of human relationships and the collapse of social values.

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Acquisition Information

Given by W.A. Davenport, Professor of English at Royal Holloway, in 2000.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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