The Voyage Out (Modern Library Torchbearers) (Paperback)

The Voyage Out (Modern Library Torchbearers) By Virginia Woolf, Elisa Gabbert (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Virginia Woolf, Elisa Gabbert (Introduction by)
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A young woman learns about life, and love found and lost, in this thought-provoking debut novel by one of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and prolific writers—with an introduction by Elisa Gabbert, author of The Unreality of Memory
“Absolutely unafraid . . . Here at last is a book which attains unity as surely as Wuthering Heights, though by a different path.”—E. M. Forster

London, 1905: Twenty-four-year-old Rachel Vinrace is a free spirited but painfully naïve young woman when she embarks on a sea voyage with her family to South America. Arriving in Santa Marina, a town on the South American coast, Rachel and her aunt Helen are introduced to a group of English expatriates, among them the sensitive Terence Hewet, an aspiring writer who is drawn to Rachel’s unusual and dreamy nature. The two fall in love, unaware of the tragedy that lies ahead. 

With hints of Jane Austen, The Voyage Out is a softer and more traditional novel than Virginia Woolf’s later work, even as its poetic style and innovative technique—with detailed portraits of characters’ inner lives and mesmeric shifts between the quotidian and the profound—reflect Woolf’s signature style.

The Modern Library Torchbearers series features women who wrote on their own terms, with boldness, creativity, and a spirit of resistance.

About the Author

Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) was a novelist, critic, and essayist whose feminist and modernist concerns changed the course of twentieth-century literature. With her husband, Leonard Woolf, she co-founded the Hogarth Press, which published the early works of Katherine Mansfield, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, and Sigmund Freud. Woolf devoted much of her creative energy to forging new forms in fiction, criticism, and biography. She is perhaps best remembered for her 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway and its pioneering stream-of-consciousness narration.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593242629
ISBN-10: 0593242629
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: July 6th, 2021
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Torchbearers