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Author:  Virginia Woolf Foreword By:  Eudora Welty
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0156907399
ISBN-13: 9780156907392
Sku: 30020938
Publish Date: 9/1/1989
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  209
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A landmark of modern fiction, Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse explores thesubjective reality of everyday life in the Hebrides for the Ramsay family.
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A landmark of modern fiction, Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse explores thesubjective reality of everyday life in the Hebrides for the Ramsay family.
In TO THE LIGHTHOUSE Virginia Woolf fleshes out her notions of reality by using a three-part structure and an elegiac, ode-like form to reveal the complexities of family politics. The autobiographical storyline follows Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay, their children, an eccentric artist, and a family friend over the course of many years.In TO THE LIGHTHOUSE (1927) Virginia Woolf chooses a three-part structure and an elegiac, ode-like form to reveal the complexities of family politics. The autobiographical plot--which Woolf claimed finally "laid to rest" her conflicted feelings about her parents--begins in St. Ives, where Woolf's family, the Stephens, spent summers when she was a child. ("The sea is to be heard all through it," she wrote in her diary.) It then follows Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay, their children, and a small cast of characters over the course of many years as their lives converge, change, and shatter. The novel is notable for the fact that it doesn't deal in large events--an important death happens offstage, almost offhandedly, and World War I never makes an appearance--but concentrates on the characters' internal, subjective reactions, which are revealed in multiple points of view. Woolf herself questioned whether TO THE LIGHTHOUSE should be called a novel or some entirely new form of literature. However, it is widely considered to be one of Woolf's finest achievements, notable for its elegant, nuanced language and its insight into the human condition as it is affected by time, death, and the bonds of family.
Author Bio
Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf was the third of four children born to Leslie Stephen, who was editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, and the beautiful Julia Prinsep Duckworth Jackson, later to be the models for Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay in TO THE LIGHTHOUSE. Virginia and her sister Vanessa were educated at home, though their brothers went away to school and later to Cambridge. The girls did, however, have the run of their father's extensive library. An outstandingly precocious child in a gifted family, Virginia decided very early to be a writer, and at age 9 began producing a family newspaper. When she was 13, her adored mother died, and shortly after that her older half-sister Stella, who served as a surrogate--traumas from which Virginia never entirely recovered. Beginning in 1895, she had recurring bouts of suicidal madness--one reason she and Leonard Woolf, whom she married in 1912, never had children. After the death of their father, the Stephen siblings moved to the part of London known as Bloomsbury, and thus began the famed Bloomsbury Group--a loose collection of friends who were also writers and artists. Virginia and Leonard Woolf founded the Hogarth Press as a distraction for Virginia after one of her bouts of madness, and it became one of Britain's most distinguished imprints, publishing not only their own books but those of their contemporaries, including Sigmund Freud. Overcome by her mental illness, and depressed about the prospects for England during the Second World War, Virginia Woolf drowned herself in 1941.


New York Times Book Review
"'To the Lighthouse' has not the formal perfection, the cohesiveness, the intense vividness of characterization that belong to 'Mrs. Dalloway'. It has particles of failure in it. It is inferior to Mrs. Dalloway in the degree to which its aims are achieved; it is superior in the magnitude of the aims themselves. For in its portrayal of life that is less orderly, more complex and so much doomed to frustration, it strikes a more important note, and it gives us an interlude of vision that must stand at the head of all Virginia Woolf's work." - L. Kronenberger 5/8/27

"'To The Lighthouse', is a book I can't read without weeping." - Jane Smiley

"[A] I went through 'To the Lighthouse' again, I was stunned by Virginia Woolf's prose. I could not read those tender, pressing, inward-driving sentences without stopping, reading again, and letting the words and rhythms sink in." - David Denby

"It really is most unfortunate that she rules out copulation--not the ghost of it visible--so that her presentation of things become little more...than an arabesque--an exquisite arabesque, of course." - Lytton Strachey 05/07/1927

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