On a June morning in 1923, Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party and remembering her past. Elsewhere in London, Septimus Smith is suffering from shell-shock and on the brink of madness. Their days interweave and their lives converge as the party reaches its glittering climax. Here, Virginia Woolf perfected the interior monologue and the novel's lyricism and accessibility have made it one of her most popular works.This edition is based on the original British edition, and is edited by Stella McNichol with an introduction and notes by Elaine Showalter. Contains a map, explanatory footnotes, suggestions for further reading of acclaimed criticisms and references, as well as a discussion of the textual notes and substantive emendations in the appendix.