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Virginia Woolf completed Melymbrosia in 1912 when she was thirty years old. The story concerned the emotional and sexual awakening of a young Englishwoman traveling abroad, and bristled with social commentary on issues as varied as homosexuality, the suffrage movement, and colonialism. She was warned by colleagues, however, that publishing an outspoken indictment of Britain could prove disastrous to her fledgling career as a novelist. Moreover, the critical offensive from men would be especially harsh towards a woman author. Woolf thus revised the novel extensively, omitting much of the political candor until, in 1915, the quieter book was published under the title The Voyage Out. The original Melymbrosia offers a rare look into the formative mind of the modernist master who revolutionized twentieth century literature. Here, one sees the young Virginia Woolf learning her craft.

Like James Joyces Stephen Hero, the original treatment of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, or Ralph Ellisons posthumously published Juneteenth, Melymbrosia is a "lost classic" that owes its existence to the research of a devoted scholar, in this instance Louise DeSalvo, who spent seven years uncovering the original novel from Woolfs papers in the archives of the New York Public Library.

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Virginia Woolf completed her first novel, Melymbrosia, in 1912. The story concerned the emotional and sexual awakening of a young Englishwoman traveling abroad and bristled with social commentary on homosexuality, the suffrage movement, and colonialism. Woolf was warned, however, that publishing an outspoken indictment of Britain could prove disastrous to her fledgling career as a novelist. The revised, quieter book was published under the title The Voyage Out. Virginia Woolf scholar Louise DeSalvo spent seven years uncovering the original novel from Woolf's papers in the archives of the New York Public Library.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781573441971
Subtitle:
A Novel
Editor:
DeSalvo, Louise
Editor:
DeSalvo, Louise
Author:
DeSalvo, Louise
Author:
Woolf, Virginia
Publisher:
Cleis Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
FICTION / Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20040927
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
372
Dimensions:
850x550

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Virginia Woolf completed her first novel, Melymbrosia, in 1912. The story concerned the emotional and sexual awakening of a young Englishwoman traveling abroad and bristled with social commentary on homosexuality, the suffrage movement, and colonialism. Woolf was warned, however, that publishing an outspoken indictment of Britain could prove disastrous to her fledgling career as a novelist. The revised, quieter book was published under the title The Voyage Out. Virginia Woolf scholar Louise DeSalvo spent seven years uncovering the original novel from Woolf's papers in the archives of the New York Public Library.
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