Jacobs Room is Virginia Woolfs first truly experimental novel. It is a portrait of a young man, who is both representative and victim of the social values which led Edwardian society into war. Jacobs life is traced from the time he is a small boy playing on the beach, through his years in Cambridge, then in artistic London, and finally making a trip to Greece, but this is no orthodox Bildungsroman. Jacob is presented in glimpses, in fragments, as Woolf breaks down traditional ways of representing character and experience. The novels composition coincided with the consolidation of Woolfs interest in feminism, and she criticizes the privileged thoughtless smugness of patriarchy, `the other side, `the men in clubs and Cabinets. Her stylistic innovations are conscious attempts to realize and develop womens writing and the novel dramatizes her interest in the ways both language and social environments shape differently the lives of men and women. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford Worlds Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxfords commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.