Woolf in the World: A Pen and a Press of Her Own
To the Lighthouse was published on the thirty-second anniversary of her mother’s death, and features a dust jacket by Vanessa Bell. Woolf’s fifth novel concerns a large Victorian family, the Ramsays, seen before and after World War I. The novel is set at the Ramsay’s summer house on the Isle of Skye in the Hebrides. Woolf used her own childhood memories of summers spent at Talland House in St. Ives, Cornwall, to write the novel, but transformed this private material into a self-sufficient work of art.
Since its original publication on 5 May 1927, To the Lighthouse has attracted a worldwide readership. The Frances Hooper collection contains Swedish, Norwegian, German, Hungarian, and Galician translations of the novel. To the Lighthouse outsold Woolf’s previous books, enabling her to buy a car. The novel was also awarded the Femina-Vie Heureuse prize in 1928.
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College