Virginia Woolf’s suicide note

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

English writer Virginia Woolf committed suicide on 28 March 1941. She struggled with depression and was deeply affected by the Second World War.

‘I cannot go on’

Woolf left a touching note for her husband, saying ‘I owe all my happiness to you, but cannot go on and spoil your life’.

Read the full transcript of her letter, as printed in the Gloucestershire Echo:

Virginia Woolf's suicide note, printed in the Gloucestershire Echo

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Gloucestershire Echo – Saturday 19 April 1941
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