by Virginia Woolf
Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge
The first review of the novel in The New York Times (May 10, 1925) focuses solely on the high society aspects and Clarissa’s snobbery, making no mention of the novel’s themes of madness.
A segment on NPR talks about Woolf as a neuroscientist because of the intimate way she examined the mind and memory, explaining that Woolf anticipated some of the important findings about the right and left brain.
Some outrage ensued after Pearl S. Buck won the Nobel Prize in 1938 instead of Virginia Woolf. That decision is universally considered a "bad choice," even by the Nobel committee. Do-over?
Edward Albee wrote the play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in the early 1960s. The play is not about the author per se, but as a joke for intellectuals because Woolf can be one heck of an intimidating writer to read.