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Jacob's Room - Virginia Woolf
Jacob's Room
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Jacob’s Room is Virginia Woolf’s experimental third novel, set in England during the halcyon days before World War I. The text reprinted here is the first British edition, which Woolf approved, and which retains her original layout, including paragraph spacing.A generous “Contexts” section... show more
Jacob’s Room is Virginia Woolf’s experimental third novel, set in England during the halcyon days before World War I. The text reprinted here is the first British edition, which Woolf approved, and which retains her original layout, including paragraph spacing.A generous “Contexts” section provides extracts from Woolf’s diaries and letters as well as comments on the novel from her fellow writers and friends, among them E. M. Forster and T. S. Eliot. Also included are the short stories “The Mark on the Wall,” “Kew Gardens,” and “An Unwritten Novel,” which Woolf viewed as early experiments with the innovative method used in Jacob’s Room. An additional short story, “A Woman’s College from Outside,” which Woolf originally intended to be Chapter 10 of Jacob’s Room, is also included. Finally, Woolf’s classic essay “Modern Novels,” written shortly before she began work on Jacob’s Room, provides insight into her aesthetic and technique. “Criticism” is divided into two sections: “Contemporary Reception and Reviews” contains personal responses to the novel, from Lytton Strachey and E. M. Forster, as well as eleven reviews from contemporary periodicals. “Critical Essays” offers insightful interpretations by Judy Little, Alex Zwerdling, Kate Flint, Kathleen Wall, and Edward L. Bishop. A Selected Bibliography is also included.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780393926323 (039392632X)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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Just reading
Just reading rated it
4.0 Jacob's Room (Oxford World's Classics)
I loved how I could easily imagine being there with the boys on that island. In fact, many of the characters even reminded me of former classmates on the playground or bus stop ;) Thank God for that bell. Again, I read this in high school and I was challenged by the conflict to grapple with the pr...
Ladybug's Doodles
Ladybug's Doodles rated it
2.0 Jacob's Room
Listened to an audio of this book on my mini tablet while at work. I am still unable to get into Woolf's books. I continue to read them because most of them are on the 1001 list. If it wasn't for that I would not read any more of them.
caseyreads
caseyreads rated it
After I gave up trying to cling to a plot or any deep character development, I enjoyably snuggled into Woolf's prose, meandering from description to description until the close of the book. The dialogue in the book never quite did it for me, and I found myself annoyed by it, wanting to get back to t...
MEslaymaker
MEslaymaker rated it
So who is Jacob? Everyone wants to know. Everyone has an opinion. A few things are mostly agreed upon: he is a smart and handsome young man, and no doubt up to something, and prone to boating naked, and this in proper, pre-World War I England.The story is like following Jacob around a rambling old h...
MEslaymaker
MEslaymaker rated it
So who is Jacob? Everyone wants to know. Everyone has an opinion. A few things are mostly agreed upon: he is a smart and handsome young man, and no doubt up to something, and prone to boating naked, and this in proper, pre-World War I England.The story is like following Jacob around a rambling old h...
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