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To the Lighthouse ()

Modern Library Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century (15)

Okay, I read a bunch of criticism to figure out why this book is on the list, never mind why it's so high on the list. As one would expect, the critics are awash in psychoblither. But there's one thing I didn't see, and it's the obvious one, Virginia Woolf was consumed by penis envy. What the hell else could the title of the freakin' book mean?

Let's parse the phrase:

To: towards
the: the
Lighthouse: enormous erect phallus
I'm thinking you don't need a graduate degree to figure this one out.

A noxious blend of James Joyce, Sigmund Freud & feminism, it's all interior monologues & mini-epiphanies. No worthwhile human being could possibly live a productive life while having these banal, self-important soliloquies running through his head--we'd still be in caves.


Grade: (F)


Virginia Woolf Links:

    -WIKIPEDIA: Virginia Woolf
-ESSAY: The upside-down world of Lewis Carroll: The author was a man who spoke to the child in all of us. (Virginia Woolf, 9 December 1939, New Statesman)
    -ESSAY: ON NOT KNOWING GREEK (Virginia Woolf, 1923)
    -OBITUARY : Virginia Woolf Believed Dead: Novelist Is Thought to Have Been Drowned Friday--Had Been Ill (The New York Times, April 3, 1941)
    -PODCAST: A Room of One's Own Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Virginia Woolf's highly influential essay about women and literature: "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." (In Our Time, 3/30/23, BBC)
-PODCAST: Mrs Dalloway: Andrea Pitzer and Matthew Hunte join host Catherine Nichols to discuss Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel (Lit Century)
    -ESSAY: We Will Always Need Virginia Woolf: A Common Reader’s Defense: Emma Knight Contemplates the Legacy of a Literary Icon (Emma Knight, January 25, 2022, LitHub)
    -ESSAY: Virginia Woolf’s Only Play: Based on Woolf’s own family, Freshwater was a tongue-in-cheek comedy full of inside jokes, written to entertain members of the Bloomsbury Group (Emily Zarevich March 23, 2023, JSTOR Daily)
    -ESSAY: Tramping With Virginia: A seminal essay about walking the streets of London can present challenges in the classrooms of today (Emily Fox Gordon, March 4, 2024, American Scholar)
    -REVIEW: of To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf audiobook review (Fiona Sturges, The Guardian)
    -REVIEW ESSAY: The Work of Living Goes On: Rereading Mrs Dalloway During an Endless Pandemic: Colin Dickey Finds Deeper Dystopian Meaning in Virginia Woolf’s Classic (Colin Dickey, December 6, 2021, Lit Hub)
    -ESSAY: The Virginia Woolf of 'The Hours' Angers the Real One's Fans: At conferences, over dinner and through e-mail lists, many Woolf aficionados are fuming over the writer's portrayal as a pathetic, suicide-obsessed creature. (PATRICIA COHEN, 2/15/03, NY Times)
    -REVIEW: of The Hours (Joseph Phelan and Colin Pearce, Claremont Institute)

Book-related and General Links:
    -ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA: "virginia woolf"
    -ESSAY: The Movies and Reality by Virginia Woolf  Anna Karenina and other literary excursions into the new medium of film. (1926, New Republic)
    -EXCERPT: From Virginia Woolf's   A Room Of One's Own (Thineownself)
    -EXCERPT: from ''The Diary of Virginia Woolf,'' Vol. 5, by Virginia Woolf, edited by Anne Olivier Bell (NY Times Book Review)
    -FEATURED AUTHOR: Virginia Woolf (NY Times Book Review)
    -Virginia Woolf Web
    -The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain
    -The International Virginia Woolf Society
    -Lotta's Virginia Woolf Page Brings You 100 Women of the Millennium: #36 Virginia Woolf
    -Virginia Woolf on Women and Fiction (created by Joel Rich and Nancy Henderson)
    -Mrs. Dalloway's London
    -Virginia Woolf and To the Lighthouse
    -To the Lighthouse Study Guide
    -ONLINE STUDY GUIDE: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (SparkNote by Selena Ward)
    -ONLINE STUDY GUIDE: A Room of One's Own (Matilda Santos, Spark Notes)
    -STUDY GUIDE: Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own (1929)(Professor Catherine Lavender, The College of Staten Island of The City University of New York)
    -Virginia Woolf, "A Room of One's Own"
    -CHAT: Virginia Woolf Lecture Hall (mobydicks)
    -WEBRING: Virginia Woolf Webring
    -LINKS: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)(
    -ESSAY: Virginia Woolf : The Quiet Revolutionary (Michael Cunningham, Salon)
    -ESSAY :    World Wide Woolf (Brenda R. Silver, author of Virginia Woolf Icon)
    -ESSAY An Introduction to A Room of One's Own : THE FATE OF WOMEN OF GENIUS (Mary Gordon, NY Times Book Review)
    -ESSAY: Virginia Woolf, Her Inner Circle And Inner Self (HERBERT MITGANG, NY Times)
    -ESSAY: Way Behind Every Great Man . . .  (Emily Eakin, NY Times Book Review)
    -ESSAY: ENCOUNTERS; A Literary Critic and Truths About Incest (ERIKA DUNCAN, NY Times Book Review)
  -ESSAY:  The Stain on Vanessa Stephen's Dress:  Virginia Woolf suffered not from the "patriarchy" but from everything she embraced in opposing it. (Elizabeth Powers, Commentary)
    -ARCHIVES: "woolf" (NY Review of Books)
    -REVIEW: of To the Lighthouse (Louis Kronenberger, NY Times)
    -REVIEW : of Flush by Virginia Woolf : Tail of two cities : Virginia Woolf's story of a spaniel, set in London and Florence, is as much social comment as dog biography. In short, a veritable canine classic, says Justine Hankins  (The Guardian)
    -REVIEW: of THE WIDOW AND THE PARROT By Virginia Woolf. Illustrated by Julian Bell (Wendy Martin, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of LUGTON'S CURTAIN By Virginia Woolf. Illustrated by Julie Vivas (Wendy Lesser, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of THE ESSAYS OF VIRGINIA WOOLF:  Volume I 1904-1912. Edited by Andrew McNeillie (John Gross, NY Times)
    -REVIEW: of The Essays of Virginia Woolf Vol. II. 1912-1918 Edited by Andrew NcNeillie  (NONA BALAKIAN, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of THE ESSAYS OF VIRGINIA WOOLF Volume Two: 1912-1918. Edited by Andrew McNeillie (Peter Ackroyd, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of THE DIARY OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, Volume IV, 1931-1935. Edited by Anne Olivier Bell, assisted by Andrew McNeillie (Mary Cantwell, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of THE DIARY OF VIRGINIA WOOLF Volume Four. 1931-1935. Edited by Anne Olivier Bell. Assisted by Andrew McNeillie (Robert Kiely, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of THE DIARY OF VIRGINIA WOLFE: Volume 5, 1936-1941. Edited by Anne Olivier Bell, assisted by Andrew McNeillie (ANATOLE BROYARD, NY times)
    -REVIEW: of A PASSIONATE APPRENTICE The Early Journals, 1897-1909. By Virginia Woolf. Edited by Mitchell A. Leaska (Isabel Colegate, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Congenial Spirits The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf Edited by Joanne Trautmann Banks (HERBERT MITGANG, NY times)
    -REVIEW : of Lives: Virginia Woolf by Nigel Nicolson (Carol Peaker, National Post)
    -REVIEW : of Lives: Virginia Woolf by Nigel Nicolson (EILEEN BATTERSBY, Irish Times)
    -REVIEW: of VIRGINIA WOOLF By Hermione Lee (Daphne Merkin, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of VIRGINIA WOOLF : A Writer's Life. By Lyndall Gordon (Carolyn Heilbrun, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of VIRGINIA WOOLF. A Writer's Life. By Lyndall Gordon (Michiko Kakutani, NY Times)
    -REVIEW: of A Very Close Conspiracy Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf By Jane Dunn (MICHIKO KAKUTANI, NY Times)
    -REVIEW: of "Virginia Woolf" by Hermione Lee This absorbing biography tackles Woolf's dramatic life -- feminism, friendships, lovers, recurring bouts of madness -- and work. (Elizabeth Judd, Salon)
    -REVIEW: of THE LETTERS OF VITA SACKVILLE-WEST TO VIRGINIA WOOLF Edited by Louise DeSalvo and Mitchell A. Leaska (Thomas Mallon, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of LETTERS OF LEONARD WOOLF Edited by Frederic Spotts (Leon Edel, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Letters of Leonard Woolf Edited by Frederic Spotts (Herbert Mitgang, NY times)
    -REVIEW: of Great Books My Adventures With Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World. By David Denby (Joyce Carol Oates, NY times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of THE HOURS By Michael Cunningham (Michael Wood, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of BEYOND EGOTISM The Fiction of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and D.H. Lawrence By Robert Kiely (Michael Rosenthal, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of "The Hours" by Michael Cunningham Michael Cunningham's new novel, "The Hours," is neither an homage nor a sequel to "Mrs. Dalloway." It is, rather, an attempt at osmosis with the spirit of Virginia Woolf. (Georgia Jones-Davis, Salon)
    -REVIEW : of Virginia Woolf: Penguin Lives Series By Nigel Nicolson Viking and The Measure of Life: Virginia Woolf's Last Years By Herbert Marder (James King, Globe and Mail)

    -ESSAY: WHERE BLOOMSBURY FLOWERED (Quentin Bell, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Bloomsbury Recalled By Quentin Bell (Janet Malcolm, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of BLOOMSBURY/FREUD The Letters of James and Alix Strachey 1924-1925. Edited by Perry Meisel and Walter Kendrick (Peter Stansky, NY Times Book Review)
    -ESSAY: Bloomorama! Bloomania! Bloomsburiana! (Bruce McCall, NY Times)
    -REVIEW: of ON OR ABOUT DECEMBER 1910 Early Bloomsbury and Its Intimate World By Peter Stansky ( MICHIKO KAKUTANI, NY times)

    -The Orlando Project : An Integrated History of Women's Writing in the British Isles
    -VICTORIAN WEB:  (George Landow,
    -REVIEW: of NO MAN'S LAND The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century. Volume One: The War of the Words. By Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar (Christine Froula, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of MARRIAGE AND MORALS AMONG THE VICTORIANS Essays. By Gertrude Himmelfarb (Neil McKendrick, NY Times Book Review)
    -ESSAY: LITERARY FEMINISM COMES OF AGE (Elizabeth Kolbert, NY times Book Review)

    -ESSAY: Women Writers: Coming of Age at 50  (Carolyn G. Heilbrun, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW : of The Intellectuals and the Masses: Pride and Prejudice Among the Literary Intelligentsia, 1880-1939. By John Carey Hitler, Spam, and Modernism (Roger Kimball, First Things)