As already mentioned, I have a personal Virginia Woolf Project for 2012. And yet again Kathryn has given me an exciting link to check out, this time the link lead us to a review of “The Years”, the last novel Woolf was to publish.
Virginia Woolf in 1935
Peter Monro Jack, April 11, 1937: In “The Years” Her Art Reaches Its Fullest Development to Date
“The Years” has long suffered from critical indifference despite its early popularity: though it was Woolf’s best-selling novel during her lifetime. And this is how her contemporary critic P. M. Jack reviewed it:
Lovely as “The Waves” was, “The Years” goes far behind and beyond it, giving its characters a local habitation and a name, and expressing Mrs. Woolf’s purpose in the novel more richly than it has ever been done before.
Being a huge fan of “The Waves”, I must admit I am not very convinced that I will share Mr. Jack’s conclusion … but I do appreciate his view in the case.