Om Jacob's Room
Published in 1922, the first of Woolf's novels to come out of Hogarth Press, Jacob's Room, also represents her first truly modernist work. If there is a plot to speak of, it is more a story arc, tracing the life of Jacob Flanders from his first appearance trying to climb a rock on a Cornish Beach, to his last reference, a report of his death during the war. Though Woolf does choose at times to give Jacob his own point of view - starting on the beach with a change of tense - for the most part he is dealt with second or third hand, through the views and impressions of other characters. That the novel represents two firsts - for Hogarth and for Woolf's Modernism - is no surprise; it's unlikely that any of the major publishing houses would have gone with such an experimental shift from her previous two novels. The novel was, in the opinion of T.S. Eliot -more than a mere literary acquaintance - without compromise, by which he meant that it didn't seek to conform to the expectations of the commercial market.