Virginia Woolf's great novel "To The Lighthouse" was published #onthisday 5th May 1927. The book includes fictionalised semi-autobiographical reminiscences of her childhood trips to the family house in Cornwall and the characters Mr & Mrs Ramsay are probably partly based on her parents Leslie & Julia Stephen (née Duckworth). Leslie Stephen was President of The London Library for 12 years and Virginia Woolf became a life member 4 days after his death.
To the Lighthouse was one of Virginia Woolf's most successful novels (the proceeds enabling the Woolfs to buy their first car!). 3,000 copies were produced by her Hogarth Press for the first edition. This is one of them from May 1927, and we're very happy to have it!
It's 05.05.17 – the last day you can spend your paper fivers in all shops across the UK.
川端康成（1899年6月11日－1972年4月16日) Yasunari Kawabata was a Japanese novelist and short story writer whose spare, lyrical, subtly-shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award.Wikipedia “Time flows in the same way for all human beings; every human being flows through time in a different way.” ― Yasunari Kawabata “Does pain go away and leave no trace, then?’ ‘You sometimes even feel sentimental for it.” ― Yasunari Kawabata, Thousand Cranes “A child walked by, rolling a metal hoop that made a sound of autumn.” ― Yasunari Kawabata, Palm-of-the-Hand Stories
“Was this the bright vastness the poet Bashō saw when he wrote of the Milky Way arched over a stormy sea?” ― Yasunari Kawabata, Snow Country, p.165