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To The Lighthouse: Virginia Woolf

Woolf’s fifth novel was published on the thirty-second anniversary of her mother’s death. It is based upon Woolf’s memories of summers spent in St. Ives, Cornwall, at Talland House with her family. Like Vanessa in Woolf’s memoir “22 Hyde Park Gate,” the painter, Lily Briscoe, in To the Lighthouse is “nice” to her boorish dinner companion, Charles Tansley, because she knows it is expected, but secretly she thinks about her unfinished oil painting. Mrs. Ramsay’s moment of epiphany at the dinner table is edited by Woolf to read: “Of such moments, she thought, the thing is made that endures.”

Virginia Woolf. To The Lighthouse: corrected page proofs.

To The Lighthouse: corrected page proof 1 (small) To The Lighthouse: corrected page proof 2 (small)
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Frances Hooper Collection of Virginia Woolf
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College

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