He left everything just as it was.... Did he think he would come back?
Jacob's Room was the first book in Virginia Woolf's unique, experimental style, making it an important text of early Modernism. Ostensibly, the story is about the life of Jacob Flanders, the title character, who is evoked purely by other characters' perceptions and memories of him. Jacob remains an absence throughout. Elegiac in tone, the work beautifully memorializes the longing and pain of a generation that lost so many of its most promising young men to World War I.
Upon it's release E.M. Forster remarked, "amazing.... a new type of fiction has swum into view."
The Art of The Novella Series
Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.
About the Author
Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 - March 28, 1941) was an English novelist and essayist regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary fig-ures of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a signifi-cant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929) with its famous dictum, "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." Other Books of V. Woolf: To the Lighthouse (1927) Mrs Dalloway (1925) A Haunted House (1921) Orlando (1928) Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street (1923) Between the Acts (1941) The Duchess and the Jeweller (1938) The New Dress (1927) The Mark on the Wall (1917) The Years (1937)
"I wanted them all, even those I'd already read."
—Ron Rosenbaum, The New York Observer
—Time Out London
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—Adam Begley, The New York Observer
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—The New Yorker
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—KQED (NPR San Francisco)
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