Virginia Woolf was a female, British writer at the forefront of the modernist literary movement. Known for her stream-of-consciousness, experimental writing style, many of her novels and short stories are considered canonical works throughout the world.

In Desmond McCarthy's review of Orlando, featured in this exhibit, he writes "In 'Mrs Dalloway' each character moves in a bubble of his or her own. Contact between them is hardly possible; they exist simultaneously. It is these iridescent, quickly-pricked and blown-again bubbles, made of private thoughts and dreams, which Mrs. Woolf is so adept at describing" (page 5).

The Lilly Library at Indiana University holds items which give us a glimpse of Virginia Woolf. The letters from the McCarthy collection, Mrs. Dalloway publishers proof pages from the English Literature collection, and lithograph from the Richard Kennedy collection offer examples of Desmond's description. Together, these items form a raw and intimate view of Virginia Woolf as a writer, person, and friend.