chapter  10
VIRGINIA WOOLF’S ‘OLD MRS GREY’: ISSUES OF
Issues of genre
ByIrene R. Fairley
Pages 16

EDITOR’S PREFACE At the age of 59, Virginia Woolf committed suicide by drowning herself in the river Ouse. This biographical fact gives added poignancy to her literary essay ‘Old Mrs Grey’, in which she sketches the portrait of a 92-year-old woman who prays to God to end her suffering and to ‘let [her] pass’. In her own life, Virginia Woolf exerted the right to choose for herself the moment of her death.