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Woolf's "To the Lighthouse": A Reader's Guide - A Reader's Guides (Hardback)
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Woolf's "To the Lighthouse": A Reader's Guide - A Reader's Guides (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 15/10/2009
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This is a concise and authoritative guide to Virginia Woolf's classic text "To the Lighthouse" (1927), including a brief plot summary and introduction to characters and a guide to critical reception. "To the Lighthouse" is one of Virginia Woolf's most widely read and commonly studied novels. Offering an authoritative, up-to-date guide for students, this guide introduces its context, language, themes, criticism and afterlife, leading students to a more sophisticated understanding of the text. It is the ideal companion to reading and studying the novel, setting "To the Lighthouse" in its historical, intellectual and cultural contexts, offering analyses of its themes, style and structure, providing exemplary close readings, presenting an up-to-date account of its critical reception. The book also includes a brief plot summary and guide to characters to enable students to progress quickly from early concerns about what is happening in the novel. It includes points for discussion, suggestions for further study and an annotated guide to relevant reading. "Continuum Reader's Guides" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to key texts in literature and philosophy. Each book explores the themes, context, criticism and influence of key works, providing a practical introduction to close reading, guiding students towards a thorough understanding of the text. They provide an essential, up-to-date resource, ideal for undergraduate students.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826495822
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Janet Winston's engaging and lively book offers a comprehensive introduction to one of Virginia Woolf's most fascinating novels. Winston offers surprising and provocative insights into Woolf's life, experimental style, and fictional characters, including a fascinating discussion of the cultural after-life of Woolf's novel. Whether you are a newcomer to Woolf's work, or an old-timer, you will find something to interest you in these pages."
- Professor Suzanne Raitt, Department of English, College of William & Mary, USA
"Janet Winston has given us a wonderful, and expansive, introduction cum companion to Woolf's great modernist novel. She launches the reader on a fascinating and intellectually exhilarating voyage to and around Woolf's lighthouse, guiding us with wit, intelligence and elan through the notoriously difficult waters of the text's biographical and historical contexts, pointing out key works in the daunting and diverse body of scholarship and criticism it has generated, and offering generous and insightful ways we might begin to read its experimental narrative style. Winston gives helpful guidance in both the broad sweep and design as well as the fine detail of the writing, illuminating a selection of significant passages, and encouraging us to venture further with our own responses. She introduces too a broad sample of other works of art inspired by To the Lighthouse, including drama, film and painting."
- Dr Jane Goldman, Reader in English Literature, University of Glasgow, UK

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