Literary legacy

Virginia Woolf’s letter urging friend to “go on living” to be auctioned

Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941) in 1902. (Photo by George C. Beresford/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A letter written by Virginia Woolf to a close friend encouraging him to “go on living” because “far too many of my friends have given that up lately” will be auctioned off this week by the British auction house Dominic Winter. Woolf committed suicide just a year after she penned the letter to friend and politician Philip Morrell, who had written and told her that he had been diagnosed with a weak heart. The letter was written just days after the start of the Battle of Britain, and Woolf described being “exposed to raids, but in the air and with flowers, rooks, gulls, and our lovely view”.

According to The Guardian, both Morrell and his wife, Lady Ottoline Morrel, were smitten with Woolf, but she remained only friends with them.

“Any letter from Virginia Woolf is exciting, and there is always a mystique concerning any that might illuminate the tangled relationships of any of the Bloomsbury group and Garsington Manor set,” Chris Albury, the auctioneer at Dominic Winter, told The Guardian. The letter is expected to fetch between $1,500 and $2,200 dollars.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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