To the Lighthouse

ISBN : 9780199536610

Virginia Woolf; David Bradshaw
272 Pages
128 x 195 mm
Pub date
Jun 2008
Oxford World's Classics


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  • To the Lighthouse is Woolf's most autobiographical and best-known novel, and this new edition provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of its appeal.
  • David Bradshaw is a well-known and respected Woolf scholar whose OWC edition of Mrs Dallowayhas been widely praised by academics and general readers alike.
  • The Introduction discusses the autobiographical parallels, Woolf's potrayal of her parents, the social and political contexts, the metaphor of damp, Woolf's technique and modernism and includes new material on the novel's setting on the Isle of Skye.
  • Full and up-to-date bibliography.
  • Thorough notes include illuminating quotations from Woolf's manuscript and autobiographical writings to point up real-life parallels and literary allusions.

New to this Edition:

  • Introduction by David Bradshaw, Woolf scholar and editor of Woolf OWCs The Mark on the Walland Mrs Dalloway, covering all aspects of the novel.
  • Up to date bibliography.
  • New, full explanatory notes.

'I am making up "To the Lighthouse" - the sea is to be heard all through it' 
Inspired by the lost bliss of her childhood summers in Cornwall, Virginia Woolf produced one of the masterworks of English literature in To the Lighthouse. It concerns the Ramsay family and their summer guests on the Isle of Skye before and after the First World War. As children play and adults paint, talk, muse and explore, relationships shift and mutate. A captivating fusion of elegy, autobiography, socio-political critique and visionary thrust, it is the most accomplished of all Woolf's novels. On completing it, she thought she had exorcised the ghosts of her imposing parents, but she had also brought form to a book every bit as vivid and intense as the work of Lily Briscoe, the indomitable artist at the centre of the novel. 
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Biographical Preface
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Virginia Woolf


Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

Virginia Woolf
Edited by David Bradshaw, Hawthornden Fellow in English Literature, Worcester College, Oxford

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