Virginia Woolf: A Modern Mind, A Reading List

By Carolyn Vega, Curator, Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature
November 28, 2022

The New York Public Library's exhibition Virginia Woolf: A Modern Mind (through March 5, 2023) explores the life and writings of the modernist writer and LGBTQ+ icon. She published more than twenty-five full-length books and pamphlets of fiction and criticism, plus nearly 400 shorter works in periodicals and as contributions to other books. She also left many works unpublished at her death in 1941—even a children’s story—and kept a diary her entire life.

If you enjoyed the exhibition, or have an interest in reading more books by or about Virginia Woolf and her world, the exhibition’s curator recommends the following selections.

Woolf's Own Recommendations

Woolf read voraciously and was influenced by Restoration playwright William Congreve, as well as her contemporaries Marcel Proust, James Joyce, and Katharine Mansfield. Explore Woolf’s own list of recommended reading, edited by Jamie Fuller for Lapham’s Quarterly.  

Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.