Woolf letter to Mansfield, 1921
On 13 February 1921, Virginia Woolf wrote to Katherine Mansfield 'It seems to me very important that women should learn to write. Does it to you?' Woolf was working on Jacob's Room (1922) at the time.
In our 2018 summer course on Women Writers, we studied To the Lighthouse (1927), Woolf's great novel of love, yearning, and loss. We read this alongside Mansfield's clever, subtle stories in The Garden Party (1922). Both writers made hugely important contributions to the form of the novel and the short story in the early twentieth century. They could certainly write.