The Voyage Out

Virginia Woolf - Author

Jane Wheare - Editor/introduction

Jane Wheare - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140185638 | 432 pages | 04 Aug 1992 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Virginia Woolf's first novel, The Voyage Out, opens with a party of English people aboard the Euphrosyne bound for South America. Among them is Rachel Vinrace, a young girl, innocent and wholly ignorant of the world of politics and society, books, sex, love and marriage. She is a free spirit half-caught, momentarily and passionately, by Terence Hewet, an aspiring writer met in Santa Marina. But their engagement is to end abruptly, not in marriage but in tragedy.

‘Done with something startling like genius . . . in its humour and its sense of irony, the occasional poignancy of its emotions, its profound originality’ - the Observer, April 1915

‘It is absolutely unafraid . . . Here at last is a book which attains unity as surely as Wuthering Heights, though by a different path’ – E. M. Forster

The Voyage Out . . . is at once the product of Woolf’s deep knowledge and perceptive interpretation of the literary and intellectual tradition she inherited and also a challenging and idiosyncratic response to modern life and problems’ – Jane Wheare in the introduction