"Mrs. Woolf is nearest perfection when dealing with the past or with a present that has already begun to lose itself in the past. Then she is near perfection indeed." Ralph Thompson
Ralph Thompson, book reviewer for The New York Times writing on one of her novels, "The Years," made the above quote. The past is stable and we have had time to consider it's effects and ramifications. Woolf was a master writer about the past, yet this remarkable writer, was at the avant garde of modernism along with Eliot and Joyce. Her crystallized writing is as crisp today as it was at the time it was written and it allows us a fascinating view into life at the end of the Victorian era.