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Virginia Woolf’s 136th birthday was a big one. Google Doodle led the way by using its daily doodle to pay homage to her on her special day. The drawing lit a Woolfian wildfire of birthday candles that spread across the globe, with media big and small sharing the news, along with social media users.

Google Doodle in commemoration of Woolf’s 136th birthday

Links to media coverage of the Google Doodle birthday tribute to Woolf

Other birthday tributes

  • At The Guardian, author Kait Welsh suggested that we celebrate Woolf rather than Burns on Burns Day, as they share the same birthday.

    Virginia Woolf taking tea, photograph by Lady Ottoline Morrell, June 1923

  • At The Weekly Standard, Chris Deaton admired Woolf’s extraordinary writing in To the Lighthouse.
  • At The Independent, Joe Sommerlad discussed what makes Woolf famous.
  • At Quartz, Thu-Huong-Ha extolled the lessons Woolf teaches about how to be a thinking woman.
  • Marie Clare shared nine important feminist Woolf quotes from A Room of One’s Own.
  • Mental Floss shared some, too.
  • At the Deccan Herald, readers were challenged with a Woolf quiz.
  • On Facebook, the Great British Tea Party posted an image of Woolf taking tea with Ottoline Morrell.
  • Goodreads shared the Google Doodle on its Facebook page.
  • Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls Facebook page posted a tribute, along with many others.

Google Doodle artist tweeted her thoughts

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And Twitter blew up with birthday greetings, including a special one from National Trust Books that featured Monk’s House and another from the National Museum of Women in the Arts that showed Judy Chicago’s preparatory drawings for her Woolf plate in The Dinner Party.

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Today would have been Virginia Woolf’s 136th birthday, and Google has taken note by creating a Google Doodle in her honor and sharing the evolution of the doodle, along with a map of its global reach.

There’s a YouTube video, too. But be forewarned. The audio track is an annoying electronic voice.

Woolf celebrated in the media

No surprise that the Google Doodle got some good press — from CNET to The Sun to media worldwide — and that the story blew up on Twitter.

Knowing how relevant and immediate Woolf’s writing is, it’s also no surprise that Vox writer Constance Grady connected Woolf to the #MeToo movement. She wrote a piece on the unsettling nature of Woolf’s polemical writing today.

The Independent posted an article about how Woolf, as a pioneering female novelist, revolutionized fiction.

Book launch in Woolf’s honor

Woolf’s accomplishments as a prolific letter writer were noted as well by the launch of the Frances Spalding book The Illustrated Letters of Virginia Woolf. Yesterday Spalding gave a talk about the book and Woolf’s letters at Waterstones on Gower Street in London as part of the launch.

Twitter explosion lauds Woolf

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Birthday wishes from the past on Blogging Woolf

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