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With introductions by Jeanette Winterson and Gillian Beer

Set on the English coast against the vivid backdrop of the sea, The Waves introduces six characters who are grappling with the death of a beloved friend, Percival. The characters are almost imperceptibly revealed through the kaleidoscopic accumulation of their reflections on themselves and each other. Regarded by many as Virginia Woolf's masterpiece, The Waves was partially written in order to exorcise her private ghosts as the central, yet absent, character of Percival represents her brother Thoby, who died in 1906. It is a poetic dreamscape, visual, experimental and thrilling.

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Clear, bright, burnished, at once marvellously accurate and subtly connotative. The pure, delicate sensibility found in this language and the moods that it expresses are a true kind of poetry

New York Times

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  • Paperback

    9780099478270

    February 1, 2005

    Vintage Classics

    224 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • Paperback

    9780141182711

    September 4, 2000

    Peng. Mod. Classics

    288 pages

    RRP $15.99

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  • EBook

    9780141919874

    September 4, 2000

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

    288 pages

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Also by Virginia Woolf

Liberty
The Years (Vintage Classics Woolf Series)
To The Lighthouse (Vintage Classics Woolf Series)
The Waves (Vintage Classics Woolf Series)
Orlando (Vintage Classics Woolf Series)
Mrs Dalloway (Vintage Classics Woolf Series)
A Room Of One's Own And Three Guineas (Vintage Classics Woolf Series)
Street Haunting and Other Essays
Orlando: Popular Penguins
Essays Virginia Woolf Vol.6
Mrs Dalloway's Party
To the Lighthouse: Popular Penguins
A Room of One's Own: Popular Penguins
The Essays of Virginia Woolf, Volume 5
Selected Diaries
Selected Letters
Great Ideas
A Haunted House
Congenial Spirits
Roger Fry
The Common Reader: Volume 1
The Common Reader: Volume 2
Moments Of Being
Flush

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Pride And Prejudice
Best Laid Plans
Fool Me Once
Crime And Punishment
The Golden House
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Voyager
Swing Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Girls
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker