Women's Achievement In Literature
Emily Dickinson and Virginia Woolf were two great women who produced classic works in literature like 'Miss Dalloway', 'The Waves', 'To The Light House' and 'A Room Of One's Own'.
EMILY DICKINSON was born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1830. She was the finest women poet in America, in the 19th century, she wrote in short stanza form, and simple rhyme.
Regarded as one of America’s greatest poets, Emily is also well known for her unusual life of simplicity and seclusion. As a young child, Emily proved to be a bright and conscientious student. She was able to create many original writings of rhyming stories, delighting her fellow classmates. Emily was both a keen artist, and accomplished musician. In her college years, she enjoyed singing, and also had a sharp eye for beautiful art and bright colours. Emily was also well read, choosing writers like Emerson, Thoreau, Dickens, John Ruskin, and nineteenth-century poets like the Brownings and the Bronte sisters.
As well as writing over 1,700 poems, Emily was a prolific letter writer. Her letters gave her the opportunity for contact with others. These letters reflect her love of language, which is seen in her poetry as well. She remained unmarried, with no children her whole life, though many people think she had a secret love. Very few of her poems were published during her life, most having been found in a dresser after her death.
VIRGINIA WOOLF- ‘ A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction’, wrote Virginia Woolf in her novel ‘A Room of One’s Own’. Virginia’s father Adeline Stephen was a famous literary critic, and Virginia grew up in a book lined home. Alongwith other talented writers such as E.M. Foster and Dora Carrington, she formed the Bloomsburry group which rejected Victorian values. She married Leonard Woolf, and together they started the Hogarth Press which published some of the greatest writers of the day.
‘The Voyage Out’ was Virginia’s first novel. Virginia displaced the psychological and emotional motives of her characters in her novels. This is known as stream of consciousness. Virginia wovemental illness into her novel, ‘Miss Dalloway’. ‘The Waves’ and ‘To The Light House’ are two of her notable novels. Virginia Woolf fought depression to become one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.