'To The Lighthouse' is Published
"To the Lighthouse" has not the formal perfection, the cohesiveness, the intense vividness of characterization that belong to "Mrs.
Dalloway." It has particles of failure in it. It is inferior to "Mrs. Dalloway" in the degree to which its aims are achieved; it is superior in the magnitude of the aims themselves. For in its portrayal of life that is less orderly, more complex and so much doomed to frustration, it strikes a more important note, and it gives us an interlude of vision that must stand at the head of all Virginia Woolf's work.
Woolf completed the first draft of 'To The Lighthouse 'in dread of sentimentality' and when she revised the holograph she toned down many of its more obviously autobiographical elements. Not only did she wish to create some distance between herself and her story, she also wanted to place greater emphasis on the broader cultural and historical issues which her story entailed. In short, she was anxious to exorcise not only the ghosts of her parents in 'To The Lighthouse' but also many of the Victorian values they so magnificently embodied.