At Home With Virginia Woolf

By Chris Hudson

In the final entry of her diary on 24th March 1941, Virginia Woolf left no clues to her impending suicide. Four days later she left Monk's House, in the Sussex village of Rodmell, and took her last walk along the pathway that runs beside the tranquil River Ouse. Her walking stick was recovered first, discarded on the edge of the river bank. Three weeks later, on 18th April, her drowned body was retrieved.

Her devoted husband, Leonard Woolf wrote: "Death, I think, was always very near the surface of Virginia's mind, the contemplation of death."

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