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Virginia Woolf


Virginia Woolf was an English author, widely regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. Her most famous works include Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, A Room of One's Own, and Orlando. [1]
In a 1928 letter to a mutual friend of T.S. Eliot, she writes:
"I have had a most shameful and distressing interview with dear Tom Eliot, who may be called dead to us all from this day forward. He has become an Anglo-Catholic believer in God and immortality, and goes to church. I was shocked. A corpse would seem to me more credible than he is. I mean, there’s something obscene in a living person sitting by the fire and believing in God." [2]
NOTE: There is a quote by Virginia Woolf which could easily be mistaken as further evidence of her atheism if not shown in its entirety.
"From this I reach what might be called a philosophy; at any rate it is a constant idea of mine; that behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern; that we - I mean all human beings - are connected with this; that the whole world is a work of art; that we are parts of the work of art. Hamlet or a Beethoven quartet is the truth about this vast mass that we call the world. But there is no Shakespeare, there is no Beethoven; certainly and emphatically there is no God; we are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself" (Moments of Being, pp. 72)

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