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arlo#e. those solitary great ladies #ho #rote #ithout audience or criticism. erha s.arlo#e #ithout Chaucer. and *i lemarch and +illette Wuthering &eights matter.B but it could not be denied that they could ut money in their urses$ /hus. enough to live on$ /he im ortance of that fact out#eighs anything that she actually #rote. Woolf is remem!ere as one of the most inno"ati"e of the streamof-consciousness no"elists. with whom she is often compare . if 2 #ere re%#riting history. she re"olte against tra itional narrati"e techni$ues an e"elope her own highly in i"i uali%e style. took to #riting$ Without those foreunners. Like her contemporary James Joyce. of certain agreeable =ualities< and so by degrees #riting became not merely a sign of folly and a distracted mind. or some disaster overtake the family$ 3undreds of #omen began as the eighteenth century dre# on to add to their in money. and 0eorge Eliot done homage to the robust shade of EliEa Carter%%the valiant old #oman #ho tied a bell to her bedstead in order that she might #ake early and learn 0reek$ 1ll #omen together ought to let flo#ers fall u on the tomb of 1 hra Behn #hich is. #oncerne primarily with epicting the life of the min . Brace and Com any. &+-+. &er criticial essays. &ere. shut u in their arks among their folios. so that the eA erience of the mass is behind the single voice$ Cane 1usten should have laid a #reath u on the grave of Fanny Burney.oney dignifies #hat is frivolous if un aid for$ 2t might still be #ell to sneer at Bblue stockings #ith an itch for scribbling. >ou need not give me an allo#ance< 2 can make money by my en$ 6f course the ans#er for many years to come #as. or . for their o#n delight alone$ We come to to#n and rub shoulders #ith ordinary eo le in the streets$ . or Chaucer #ithout those forgotten oets #ho aved the #ays and tamed the natural savagery of the tongue$ For master ieces are not single and solitary births< they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common. the #riting of essays on 4hakes eare. most scandalously but rather a ro riately. contain some of her finest prose an are praise for their insight. but are to be icked u in the four enny boAes in the Charing Cross Road$ /he eAtreme activity of mind #hich sho#ed itself in the later eighteenth century among #omen%%the talking. in Westminster 1bbey. Woolf comments on 'ehn's importance to the history of female writers in Englan . and the meeting. or rather the ossibility that in the course of time the mind #ill be free to #rite #hat it likes$ For no# that 1 hra Behn had done it. girls could go to their arents and say. even the s lendid "A Thousan !artyrs I ha"e ma e#" or "Lo"e in $antastic Triumph sat#" for here begins the freedom of the mind. by #orking very hard.Critical Essay by Virginia Woolf 467RCE! 1 cha ter in A Room of One's Own. for it #as she #ho earned them the right to s eak their minds$ 2t is she%%shady and amorous as she #as%%#ho makes it not =uite fantastic for me to say @helli < ! Earn five hundred a year by your #its@helli < . 2 should describe more fully and think of greater im ortance than the Crusades or the Wars of the Roses$ /he middle%class #oman began to #rite$ For if (ri e an (re)u ice matters. then it matters far more than 2 can rove @helli < that #omen generally. and not merely the lonely aristocrat shut u in her country house among her folios and her flatterers. the translating of the classics%%#as founded on the solid fact that #omen could make money by #riting$ . 9With: . but #as of ractical im ortance$ 1 husband might$ Behn #as a middle%class #oman #ith all the lebeian virtues of humour. of thinking by the body of the eo le. Cane 1usten and the BrontDs and 0eorge Eliot could no more have #ritten than 4hakes eare could have #ritten #ithout . 3arcourt. >es. or to come to the rescue of their families by making translations or #riting the innumerable bad novels #hich have ceased to be recorded even in teAt%books. to#ards the end of the eighteenth century a change came about$ Behn #e turn a very im ortant corner on the road 9in the history of #omen #riters:$ We leave behind. which co"er almost the entire range of English literature. by living the life of 1 hra Behn? 5eath #ould be better? and the door #as slammed faster than ever@helli <$ 1 hra Behn roved that money could be made by #riting of the sacrifice. vitality and courage< a #oman forced by the death of her husband and some unfortunate adventures of her o#n to make her living by her #its$ 4he had to #ork on e=ual terms #ith men$ 4he made. $ &))%8'$ Woolf is one of the most prominent literary figures of twentieth-century English literature.