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To The LighthouseNotesVirginia Woolf(1882-1941)“Reality is something erratic, undependable.”Exact contemporary of James Joyce (same birth/death days)Born in London, father a renowned knight, her mother served as a model for Mrs.RamsayEnvied private educationWoolf’s mother died of the flu in 1895, sending Woolf into severe depressionWoolf’s father died of cancer in 1905Woolf moved to Bloomsbury – Bloomsbury Group – rebelled againstVictorianism, rejected sexual taboos1912 – Virginia married Leonard Woolf, also a member of Bloomsbury Group1941 – Depressed after finishing Between the Hats, drowned herself in a rivernear her cottageBought Persian catPublished ideas about fiction in 1920s“subtleties of inner experience”Major works include:Jacob’s Room,Mrs. Dalloway, (influenced James Joyce’sUlysses)To the Lighthouse,The Waves)Stream of consciousness” –term coined by William James – Principles ofPsychology (1890) , continuous flow of all different kinds of awareness,memories, fantasies sensations, thoughts, ideas; no firm, chronological structure.To the Lighthouse(1927)First full length stream of consciousness novelWoolf used modernism over romanticism to depict the real life of a family andtheir issues

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