VIRGINIA WOOLF was born in London in 1882. One of four children, she was educated at home. In 1915, she published her first novel, The Voyage Out, which won great acclaim and henceforth Woolf produced a prodigious output of work. In 1912 she married Leonard Woolf, a fellow member of the famous ‘Bloomsbury Circle’, with whom she set up the Hogarth Press. Her sister, Vanessa Bell, also a close member of this group, was a distinguished artist, collaborated with Woolf, and produced several black and white illustrations for the first publication of Flush in 1933. Woolf had no children. She took her own life in 1941, having suffered from long standing mental health issues.