“Autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing.”
Today’s Literary Birthday
British novelist, essayist and short story writer Virginia Woolf was born on this day in 1882. She is best known for her novels Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse and her book length essay A Room of One’s Own in which she observes, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” An early feminist, Woolf had a long love affair with Vita Sackville-West for whom she wrote Orlando, a fanciful biography. Sackville-West’s son called it “the longest and most charming love letter in literature.”
Today’s Memoir/Family History Memory Trigger
Each day we offer a question or action to help you trigger your memories of things which will make your memoir or family history richer, more detailed and more interesting. Reflect on the prompt and see what ideas it triggers. Here’s today’s:
Describe a family vacation. Where did you go? Why did you go there? What did you do?