Over 1 000 photographs from 1919 to 1947 will be featured in the archives, including those taken by her husband Leonard from 1941 onwards, the year Woolf committed suicide.

Virginia Woolf’s personal scrapbooks. Image: Harvard Library Virginia Woolf’s personal scrapbooks. Image: Harvard Library

The photographs tell the visual story of the Woolfs' time at Monk House, East Sussex, England, where they lived from 1919.

To mark this insight into Virginia Woolf's life, we check out five other prolific writers of the 20th century whose passion and talent was also in the fine arts.

Sylvia Plath

''I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story.''

Plath began her endeavours into the arts as an art major, before she switched to English. This side of Plath has little been celebrated, until last year when the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery opened a retrospective of Plath's visual art.

COLLAGE BY SYLVIA PLATH, COLLAGE, 1960 MORTIMER RARE BOOK COLLECTION, SMITH COLLEGE, NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS, © ESTATE OF SYLVIA PLATH COLLAGE BY SYLVIA PLATH, COLLAGE, 1960 MORTIMER RARE BOOK COLLECTION, SMITH COLLEGE, NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS, © ESTATE OF SYLVIA PLATH

The exhibition, One Life: Sylvia Plath, featured works from the writer's childhood through to self-portraits she made as a teenager and in her adult life. The exhibition will run until May 20, 2018.

William S. Burroughs

''Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.''

Beat Generation writer Burroughs was just as experimental in his fine art pursuits. The writer and artist would close his eyes whilst he was in front of a canvas, tool in hand, and draw as a way of exploring his inner most psyche, without the intention to necessary ever shows these works to the public.

William S. Burroughs, Looking out window of mental ward William S. Burroughs, Looking out window of mental ward

Burroughs would also create works in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, and they would often feature ghoulish subjects and shootings - a connection to when he accidentally shot his common-law wife Joan Vollmer during a game of William Tell in Mexico City in 1951.

He was inspired by Dada and Surrealism, rearranging pieces of text and image to create new orders of meaning in both writing and visual art.

Maya Angelou

''There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.''

Little is known about the visual artists pursuits of Maya Angelou, however, in 2015 a painting from 1969 by the artist came to auction. The Protector of Home and Family, 1969, was part of Swann Galleries' sale of Angelou's estate. The auction house billed the piece as ''the first known visual art work by Dr. Maya Angelou to be publicly exhibited or offered for sale.''

Maya Angelou , The Protector of Home and Family, 1969 Maya Angelou , The Protector of Home and Family, 1969

According to an inscription on the verso, the piece was painted in the winter of 1969 shortly after Angelous finished writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The work depicts an African-American subject and her courage to rise from the oppression that her and her family would have been facing in America during the 1960s.

E. E. Cummings

''Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.''

You may, to your surprise, find the work of the great modernist poet E.E. Cummings on the walls of institutions across America. This is because, during his lifetime he created over 1 500 sketches, drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings.

Work by E.E Cummings Work by E.E Cummings

Cummings began drawing and writing at a young age. By the time he had enrolled at Harvard, he had chosen to pursue his writing academically, refusing to take any formal visual art training.

In 1913, Cummings saw the Armory Show, the first major display of European modern art on this side of the Atlantic. Works by Picasso and Matisse shocked and intrigued American audiences. Cummings was no doubt part of the latter group.

Jack Kerouac 

''Maybe that’s what life is...a wink of the eye and winking stars.”

Jack Kerouac, the most widely-read author to emerge from the Beat Scene, was also a visual artist, although the exploration of his works has been limited to one publication of his drawings.

Jack Kerouac, Weird, Self-Portrait at Sea from Departed Angels: The Lost Paintings Jack Kerouac, Weird, Self-Portrait at Sea from Departed Angels: The Lost Paintings

The self-taught artist was inspired by the abstract expressionists he befriended, including Willem de Kooning, Larry Rivers and Franz Kline. Ed Adler's Departed Angels: The Lost Paintings compiles almost every known full-color painting collected and preserved by the Kerouac estate in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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