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Virginia Woolf and the World of Books$
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Nicola Wilson and Claire Battershill

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781942954569

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781942954569.001.0001

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“Books Were Not in Their Line”: The Material Book and the Deceptive Scene of Reading in To the Lighthouse

“Books Were Not in Their Line”: The Material Book and the Deceptive Scene of Reading in To the Lighthouse

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(p.149) “Books Were Not in Their Line”: The Material Book and the Deceptive Scene of Reading in To the Lighthouse
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Virginia Woolf and the World of Books
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Brian Richardson

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781942954569.003.0020

This chapter explores the overwhelming presence of reading in To the Lighthouse. Richardson argues that the act of being read is a major concern in the novel, including measuring intellectual achievement, literary disputes, and concerns about the endurance of authors over time. Most characters are inadequate readers, disparate from Woolf's own passionate experience as a reader.

Keywords:   Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse, Reader experience, Literary legacy

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