Author. A prolific writer who has had a great influence on 20th century English literature, she wrote novels, essays, short stories and literary criticism. Several volumes of her letters and journals have been published as well. Among her best known works are the novels To the Lighthouse, Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves and the essay, A Room of One's Own. Virginia Woolf was central to the Bloomsbury Group, prominent British artists, writers, and intellectuals who were her friends and relations. She struggled with mental illness on and off throughout her life. On March 28, 1941, she committed suicide by drowning in the River Ouse near her country house in the village of Rodmell, Sussex.