Author: Adeline Virginia Woolf
Dates: 25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941
Title of Book: Night and Day
Considering that the little party had been seated round the tea-table for less than twenty minutes, the animation observable on their faces, and the amount of sound they were producing collectively, were very creditable to the hostess. It suddenly came into Katharine’s mind that if some one opened the door at this moment he would think that they were enjoying themselves; he would think, “What an extremely nice house to come into!” and instinctively she laughed, and said something to increase the noise, for the credit of the house presumably, since she herself had not been feeling exhilarated. At the very same moment, rather to her amusement, the door was flung open, and a young man entered the room. Katharine, as she shook hands with him, asked him, in her own mind, “Now, do you think we’re enjoying ourselves enormously?” . . . “Mr. Denham, mother,” she said aloud, for she saw that her mother had forgotten his name.
Brief Biography: Woolf was one of the foremost modernist writers of the 20th century. She was an influential figure of the Bloomsbury Group between the first and second world wars. Woolf experimented with streams-of-consciousness using intense lyricism and virtuosity to create worlds overabundant with auditory and visual imagery.