To the Lighthouse is a modernist novel by Virginia Woolf that was first published in 1927. The passage of time in the novel is modulated by the consciousness of the characters rather than by the clock. The events of a single afternoon constitute over half the book, while the events of the following ten years are compressed into a few dozen pages. Almost all the events in To the Lighthouse take place in the characters’ minds.


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Literary Devices

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