Year 40

1927: To the Lighthouse

Author/Editor: Virginia Woolf

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To the Lighthouse, Virginal Woolf’s 1927 novel, is sometimes cited as the apogee of high modernism.

But it’s also a beautiful piece of work about about the movement and evanescence of life, a book about how a moment can be important, though vanishingly transient. Here, the character Lily Briscoe has such a moment:

With a sudden intensity, as if she saw it clear for a second, she drew a line there, in the centre. It was done; it was finished. Yes, she thought, laying down her brush in extreme fatigue, I have had my vision.

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