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Virginia Woolf’s classic modernist novel, To the Lighthouse, draws from her own life and experiences.
Hailed as one of the greatest works of modernist fiction, Virginia Woolf’s semi-autobiographical novel about the Ramsay family explores the themes of perspective, interpersonal relationships, and the complexity of human experience. Woolf’s use of shifting points of view in the narrative highlights how each person sees and experiences events in their own way. As conflict and grief impact the Ramsays throughout their time on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, the reader is pulled into Woolf’s own life.
About the Author
A pioneer of stream of consciousness narrative, Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) is considered one of the most important modernist writers of the twentieth century. After primary tutoring at home, she attended the Ladies’ Department of Kings College London, where she was introduced to a handful of feminists and became involved in the women’s movement. Later, she joined the Bloomsbury Group, where she met her husband, Leonard Woolf. Together, they founded Hogarth Press, under which they published most of her work. Also a brilliant essayist, intellectual, and critic, she remains one of the most influential authors of all time.