Woolf in the Forest

A peaceful shrine to a troubled writer

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o this day, no one knows who secretly put a finely crafted, 600-pound red granite bench dedicated to the writer Virginia Woolf in a quiet waterside stand of pines at Fresh Pond Reservation in 1994, inscribed with a passage from the 1928 novel Orlando: “There are wild birds’ feathers – the owls, the nightjars. I shall dream wild dreams. I should lie at peace here with only the sky above.” After the mystery received worldwide attention, however, the city let it stay.
 
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Virginia Woolf suffered from what was likely bipolar disorder and committed cuitice by drowning herself when she was 59.

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