Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse

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  • John Mepham (Kingston University)

To the Lighthouse was published in 1927 when Virginia Woolf was 45 years old. This novel, which consolidated her reputation as a major modernist writer, also proved more popular and commercially successful than her earlier works. It was the third in the series of innovative, modernist novels, after Jacob's Room (1922) and Mrs Dalloway (1925). It was immediately recognised as a major achievement, in which she developed her experimental techniques to new levels of subtlety and effectiveness. Ever since publication it has been her most universally acclaimed work and is now probably her most popular and widely read novel.

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Mepham, John. "To the Lighthouse". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 October 2001
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