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Featured Collection: Virginia Woolf first editions

Did you know Special Collections is home to a collection of first editions by Virginia Woolf, modernist author and feminist icon? Visit our reading room on the third floor to view these landmark literary works.

Many of Woolf’s works housed in Special Collections were originally published by Hogarth Press, the press founded by Woolf and her husband Leonard, and include striking original dust jackets designed by Woolf’s sister, artist Vanessa Bell. Reading Woolf’s work in its original form brings the reader back to an era when her writings took the literary world by storm, and when she, Vanessa Bell, Leonard Woolf, and their compatriots in the Bloomsbury Group influenced many artists and intellectuals through their work.

All works by or about Virginia Woolf in Special Collections can be found by searching the library catalog. If you’d like to view them in Special Collections, email to set up a time to visit.