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Jacob’s Room

Part of The Art of the Novella

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 absent throughout. Elegiac in tone, the work beautifully memorializes the longing and pain of a generation that lost so many of its promising young men to World War I.

VIRGINIA WOOLF is hailed as one of the great novelists of the twentieth century, widely regarded as an important figure in early Modernism. She experimented with stream-of-consciousness to illuminate her characters’ interior lives, and was an acclaimed innovator in both the language and form of such works as To The Lighthouse, Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando and Jacob’s Room.

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