Work, even in poverty and obscurity, is worth while.”
– Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own (1929)
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Adeline Virginia Woolf ( 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer, considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors. Her novel Mrs Dalloway (1925) and her essay A Room of One’s Own (1929) (in which she wrote the much-quoted dictum, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction”) are among her best-known works. [Wikipedia Entry].
Source text: Panel 1: BBC News. 28 April 2020. “Coronavirus: Remembering 100 NHS and healthcare workers who have died”. bbc.co.uk; Woolf, Virginia (1925) Mrs. Dalloway, text via Project Gutenberg of Australia; panels 2 and 4: Woolf, Virginia (1935)  A Room of One’s Own, text via Project Gutenberg of Australia; both originally published in London by Hogarth Press.
Source image: Photograph of Virginia Woolf aged 20, (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941) by George Charles Beresford (10 July 1864 – 21 February 1938), via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain. This comic strip CC-BY-NC-SA.
BBC News (28 April 2020). “Coronavirus: Remembering 100 NHS and healthcare workers who have died”. Available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52242856# [accessed 28 April 2020]
Woolf, Virginia (1925) Mrs. Dalloway, text via Project Gutenberg of Australia: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks02/0200991h.html [accessed 28 April 2020]
Woolf, Virginia (1935)  A Room of One’s Own, text via Project Gutenberg of Australia: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks02/0200791.txt [accessed 28 April 2020]
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. Book. Collection Items. The British Library. Available at https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/a-room-of-ones-own-by-virginia-woolf [accessed 28 April 2020]
Bradshaw, David (25 May 2016). “Mrs Dalloway and the First World War”. The British Library. Available at https://www.bl.uk/20th-century-literature/articles/mrs-dalloway-and-the-first-world-war [accessed 28 April 2020]
Bowlby, Rachel (25 May 2016). “An introduction to A Room of One’s Own” Available at https://www.bl.uk/20th-century-literature/articles/an-introduction-to-a-room-of-ones-own [accessed 28 April 2020]
George Charles Beresford – Virginia Woolf in 1902. Wikimedia Commons. Available at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:George_Charles_Beresford_-_Virginia_Woolf_in_1902_-_Restoration.jpg [accessed 28 April 2020]
P.S. Needless to say the National Portrait Gallery, London, has an extraordinary online collection of digitised Virginia Woolf portraits in their collection. However their licensing impedes derivatives (why?!) so my only option was to use the Wikimedia Commons version. [If you read all the way here thank you- you are my ideal reader!].
The Lockdown Chronicles is a series of periodical comic strips made at night (in candlelight!) adapting and reusing openly-licensed or public domain items from online digital collections. Publication and tweetage are scheduled in advance. Historical sources are adapted and updated for the current pandemic; please refer to each strip’s references on each post for further context. Catch up with the series at https://epriego.blog/tag/the-lockdown-chronicles/.