‘Caroline provided Virginia with a role model of an independent woman.’

Woolf Down: Virginia had close Quaker links, says Kersti Wagstaff

Portrait of Virginia Woolf | Photo: by George Charles Beresford, 1902.

In Simon Webb’s review of Virginia Woolf’s biography of Roger Fry in the Friend last month, he was right to point out that Virginia Woolf was not a Quaker. But she had much closer contact with Quakerism than is often realised – in particular with something quite like Quakerism as it is now understood, in contrast to the stiflingly-respectable version of Fry’s childhood.

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