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Drawn to Thoby Stephen, fellow members of the Apostles at Cambridge University converged on the London household (Lee 1996: 216). Debates, readings, and discussions of plays, art, and contemporary issues gave the house the aura of a cultural center. After a tour of Greece with Virginia, Vanessa, and Violet Dickinson (Woolf’s emotional guardian), the talented and beloved Thoby died of typhoid in this house on November 20, 1906. World War I brought the death of many more young men and Woolf blended this grief in Jacob’s Room, an experimental elegy for the missing beautiful youths; as the title suggests, Jacob is evoked by the spaces and things he lived among.

Others redirected attention to Woolf as a writer about the city (Squier 1985) and the real world (Zwerdling 1986). Feminist literary historians have recognized Woolf as a feminist critic and reader responding to Victorian and earlier writers (Booth 1992; Ellis 2007; Fernald 2006) and as a public intellectual (Cuddy-Kean 2003). Re-examinations have imbedded Woolf in her social position, notably Hermione Lee’s Virginia Woolf, which begins with chapters entitled “Biography” and “Houses” (1996: 3–49).

Dalloway to a new book. What I expect to happen is that some two figures will detach themselves from the party & go off independently into another volume: but I have no notion of this at present. The book of stories ought to be complete in itself. It must have some unity. ” The corridor that links past and present, the “Time Passes” section of To the Lighthouse was published, in a slightly altered form, as a self-contained piece of writing, a long short story of a kind, in the French journal Commerce (Woolf 1926), before the novel appeared in English.

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