The Hours - Summary

In 1925, not long after the end of the first world war, Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) released her novel Mrs. Dalloway. Using a “stream-of-consciousness” style, which parallels the works of James Joyce, the novel (its working title was The Hours) revolutionized writing of fiction in the twentieth century.

 She was born Adeline Virginia Stephen, in January of 1882, and had lost both her parents (and her brother Thoby) by the time she was just twenty-four. Experts speculate those losses may have contributed to mental breakdowns she later endured.

Virginia married Leonard Woolf (Stephen Dillane) in 1912. Five years later they formed Hogarth Press which allowed Virginia (who wrote at a time when women authors were often unpublished) to release some of her own work. The Woolfs published thirty-four books between 1917 and 1932 (including manuscripts by Robert Graves, T.S. Eliot and E.M. Forster).

Virginia loved London. She once said: “To walk alone in London is the greatest rest.” But despite her fondness for the capital, Virginia’s doctors thought the stress of city life contributed to her mental difficulties. As a result, she spent her later years living elsewhere. During World War II, her London home was destroyed by German bombs.

On the 28th of March, 1941, Virginia left Monk's House, her East Sussex home with Leonard. Following the footpath to the River Ouse, she put a heavy stone into her coat pocket and walked into the water. Children found her body three weeks later.

In this story behind the movie, meet the real Virginia and Leonard Woolf. Hear a rare BBC recording of Virginia reading an essay. Virtually visit Monk’s House (now owned by the National Trust), see photos of the River Ouse and examine some of the books which Hogarth Press originally published.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5183stories and lessons created

Original Release: Jan 01, 2003

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016

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