‘Her first full work of the charged Modernism that would come to define her’ Paris Review
Jacob Flanders is a young man passing from adolescence to adulthood in a hazy rite of passage. From his boyhood on the windswept shores of Cornwall to his days as a student in Cambridge, his elusive, chameleon-like character is gradually revealed in a stream of loosely related incidents and impressions: whether through his mother’s letters, his friend’s conversations, or the thoughts of the women who adore him. Then we glimpse him as a young man in 1914, caught under the glare of a London streetlamp as Europe is on the brink of war. This tantalizing novel heralded Woolf’s departure from the traditional methods of the novel, with its experimental play between time and reality, memory and desire.
Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Sue Roe