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MRS DALLOWAY & TO THE LIGHTHOUSE (illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

VIRGINIA WOOLF
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MRS DALLOWAY and TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
-Illustrated with beautiful period photos from the life and times of Woolf
-Complete and unabridged texts of both books
-Active table of contents to go to the chapter you want quickly

Includes the novels:
MRS DALLOWAY
TO THE LIGHTHOUSE

“Great value, these two wonderful books in a single edition, properly formatted for kindle.” Literary Classics

"Mrs Dalloway contains some of the most beautiful, complex, incisive and idiosyncratic sentences ever written in English . . . It is one of the most moving, revolutionary artworks of the twentieth century." Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours

MRS DALLOWAY is Virginia’s Woolf’s innovative masterpiece which takes you into the head of the eponymous character in a way that will leave an unforgettable impression on you.

“To the Lighthouse is one of the greatest elegies in the English language, a book which transcends time.” Margaret Drabble

TO THE LIGHTHOUSE is another of Virginia’s Woolf’s masterpieces which she described as “easily the best of my books”

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1495 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Classic Virginia Woolf: Mrs Dalloway and To The Lighthouse; First edition (3 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DSE8PL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Virginia Woolf is now recognized as a major twentieth-century author, a great novelist and essayist and a key figure in literary history as a feminist and a modernist. Born in 1882, she was the daughter of the editor and critic Leslie Stephen, and suffered a traumatic adolescence after the deaths of her mother, in 1895, and her step-sister Stella, in 1897, leaving her subject to breakdowns for the rest of her life. Her father died in 1904 and two years later her favourite brother Thoby died suddenly of typhoid.

With her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, she was drawn into the company of writers and artists such as Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry, later known as the Bloomsbury Group. Among them she met Leonard Woolf, whom she married in 1912, and together they founded the Hogarth Press in 1917, which was to publish the work of T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and Katherine Mansfield as well as the earliest translations of Freud. Woolf lived an energetic life among friends and family, reviewing and writing, and dividing her time between London and the Sussex Downs. In 1941, fearing another attack of mental illness, she drowned herself.

Her first novel, The Voyage Out, appeared in 1915, and she then worked through the transitional Night and Day (1919) to the highly experimental and impressionistic Jacob's Room (1922). From then on her fiction became a series of brilliant and extraordinarily varied experiments, each one searching for a fresh way of presenting the relationship between individual lives and the forces of society and history. She was particularly concerned with women's experience, not only in her novels but also in her essays and her two books of feminist polemic, A Room of One's Own (1929) and Three Guineas (1938).

Her major novels include Mrs Dalloway (1925), the historical fantasy Orlando (1928), written for Vita Sackville-West, the extraordinarily poetic vision of The Waves (1931), the family saga of The Years (1937), and Between the Acts (1941). All these are published by Penguin, as are her Diaries, Volumes I-V, and selections from her essays and short stories.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two novels in which nothing happens. 19 Dec 2012
By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Virginia Woolf is a novelist you grow into. To the immature reader, these two books are interminably dull (for all their brevity) with their endless descriptions of everyday banalities and the ruminations of their main characters over memories and possibilities. To the mature reader, they throb with the richness of life experienced in almost unbearable intensity. Read Woolf and you will never again be bored, never feel life has nothing to offer. She teaches you to feel, to see and to understand with a nearly painful sensitivity. They are not, whatever is often assumed, women's books. They ARE books which assume you will look beneath the surface, resist the superficial attraction of action and excitement, and be ready to experience the lives of fictional characters, learn from them and gain wisdom as if you had lived yourself their whole lives in addition to your own.

Both books, though very different in other ways, explore the way memory, emotion and experience in the present mingle in our flow of thought. The two central characters are about the same age. In "To the Lighthouse", events are spread over decades; the latter part of the book looks back with the longing and regret of later life at youth and the everyday tragedy of parents who have died. In "Mrs Dalloway", everything happens in one day in the June of 1923 (Woolf's "Bloomsday"), and the novel flits from the central character to others she encounters at home and walking through London, weaving their different impressions and reminiscences into a seamless cobweb of feeling. They make a good pair.

Do not go into these books at a pace, waiting for the "best bits". Take them slowly and meditatively. You may, after all that, hate them - taste is very personal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Re-reading these on Kindle 29 Sep 2013
By LilyB
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Loaded this to Kindle to read again after reading the biography by Jane Dunn of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Dalloway 20 Sep 2013
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Bit ashamed to find that this is the first time that I have read this! Beautiful. Lyrical language and flowing style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two masterpieces 12 July 2013
By Jim..
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Two of the most powerful and wonderful books in the english language, brilliant and only 77p, read them, reread them, love them.
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