An important text in early Modernism, Jacob’s Room is unique and experimental in style. Ostensibly, it follows the life of Jacob Flanders, evoked purely through other people’s perceptions of him. Jacob remains absent throughout. He is both representative and victim of the social values which led Edwardian society into war. The novel’s composition coincided with the consolidation of Woolf’s interest in feminism and she criticises the privileged thoughtless smugness of patriarchy, but also captures the pain and longing of a generation of men lost to war.
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The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
The title story of this collection tells how the reputation of a small town, which prides itself on its honesty and incorruptibility, is forever besmirched by the actions of a disaffected stranger. Other tales include My Debut as...
The Eternal Husband
A rich and idle man confronts his dead mistress' husband. This novel offers an exploration of love, guilt, and hatred.
The Lifted Veil
I have lately been subject to attacks of angina pectoris; and in the ordinary course of things, my physician tells me, I may fairly hope that my life will not be protracted many months. Unless, then, I am cursed with an...
A Sleep and a Forgetting
A major figure in nineteenth-century letters, Howells influenced a generation of American writers. In this tale, a young doctor abroad is asked to heal a beautiful woman who has mysteriously lost her memory. He must explore the...
Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street
The rat race of Wall Street is turned on its head when Bartleby the copier decides that he simply would prefer not to in this absorbing early modernist tale.
Woolf's first distinctly modernist novel follows an aloof yet beloved young man from his childhood through his student days to his too-early death during World War I. Annotated and with an introduction by Vara Neverow