Click here to hear the only known recording of Virginia Woolf’s voice. A few thoughts: 1) What an Oxbridge accent! So posh and crisp. This is the voice I always imagined for Mrs. Dalloway, but then I guess Woolf had a few servants as well. 2) Isn’t it amazing that we only have a single audio recording of Woolf? There’s no video of her, of course, and only a precious few photographs. Although Woolf is one of the most important novelists of the twentieth century, she exists now as a short stack of novels and a thick stack of letters and diaries. In other words, we can only know her through her own words. (I imagine Woolf would have wanted it this way.) But it’s sometimes striking how much the world has changed since Woolf walked into the river with stones in her pockets.