The Voyage Out

The Voyage Out

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The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf

The Modern Library is proud to include Virginia Woolf's first novel, The Voyage Out—together with a new Introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham. Published to acclaim in England in 1915 and in America five years later, The Voyage Out marks Woolf's beginning as one of the twentieth century's most brilliant and prolific writers.

Less formally experimental than her later novels, The Voyage Out none-theless clearly lays bare the poetic style and innovative technique—with its multiple figures of consciousness, its detailed portraits of characters' inner lives, and its constant shifting between the quotidian and the profound—that are the signature of Woolf's fiction.

Rachel Vinrace, Woolf's first heroine, is a motherless young woman who, at twenty-four, embarks on a sea voyage with a party of other English folk to South America. Guileless, and with only a smattering of education, Rachel is taken under the wing of her aunt Helen, who desires to teach Rachel "how to live."Arriving in Santa Marina, a village on the South American coast, Rachel and Helen are introduced to a group of English expatriates. Among them is the young, sensitive Terence Hewet, an aspiring writer, with whom Rachel falls in love. But theirs is ultimately a tale of doomed love, set against a chorus of other stories and other points of view, as the narrative shifts focus between its central and peripheral characters. E. M. Forster praised The Voyage Out as "a book which attains unity as surely as Wuthering Heights, though by a different path."

This edition includes a new Introduction by Michael Cunningham, bestselling author of The Hours. Cunningham at once unfolds an engaging short essay of Woolf's early life and career, an insightful exploration of the themes to which Woolf returns again and again in her fiction, and a spirited defense of the relevance and lasting importance of her art. Katherine Anne Porter wrote of Woolf: "The world of arts was her native territory; she ranged freely under her own sky, speaking her mother tongue fearlessly."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375757273
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/08/2001
Series: Modern Library Classics Series
Edition description: MODERN LIB
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Michael Cunningham's novel The Hours won the 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His other novels include A Home at the End of the World and Blood. He lives in New York City.

Date of Birth:

January 25, 1882

Date of Death:

March 28, 1941

Place of Birth:

London

Place of Death:

Sussex, England

Education:

Home schooling

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic! I love to read classic novels and this one not only drew me in immediately, but kept me hooked. V.W has a literary style that is unsurpassed by other women of her time, with an ebb and flow that most women fail to possess. It is an accurate portrayl of a woman that is secluded from the rest of society and has a lack of basic social knowledge. Though I didn't agree with the aspects of feminism, I must say that all men would benifit from reading this, as it lends a window into the mind of women. If this don't make you stop and think of your life and mentality every ten pages, then nothing will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Voyage Out' is a very interesting story about the education and growth of a 24 year old girl in the 20th Century. I highly recommended reading it in Barnes & Nobles edition specially to students like me who are beginning the American Classics because it contains very helpful explanations of historical facts or expressions of that time. It includes also a detailed biography of the author and an introductory explanation of the book's context which was great because I was unfamiliar with Virginia Wolf's life or work. Only with this help I could fully understand this extraordinary book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd wanted to read her novels for years, but wasn't sure I was up for them. This is a great first read, her first novel, in beginner's style, before she got too far out there. The prose is great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Barnes and Noble classic I read, and the story instantly drew me in. I had recently seen 'The Hours' and wondered if Virginia Woolf wrote similarly to the way she was in real life. I was completely wrong. This story is entertaining and refreshing just like a voyage out!!!
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I'm sorry.
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I got to go. Be back soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Nya~" ((TOKYO GHOUL SEASON TWO IS RELEASED TOMORROW AND I AM SERIOUSLY NOT EMOTIONALLY PREPARED HELP))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in lookin around at all the people
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Walks in shyly
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Sat quietly, drinking another beer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tiger with a diamond bracelet on pads in. "Finally! Time to paartay!", she says.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A pretty blond haired girl with a double peirced, small gold hoop earing on her left ear walked in. Her hair was up in a braid with a gold ring holding ot together to one side, while her side bangs hung in front of her right eye. Her bright green eyes watched everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Zoey, not everyone is going to pay attention to you, so sometimes you have to DO SOMETHING. Bevause if you wait too long, your reputation is going to falter, and everyone is going to purposely ignore you. Because I don't know about anybody else, but you're fu<_>cking annoying me eith your "death spell" and wanting to kill someone, and then with your "subtle" obsession with Erik [x Fang]. -.-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He strides over to Zoey. "What do you have for me? Hopefully something painful?" He asks, a smile on his face.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[Sorry wrong person]<p>"Give. Me. The. Cat. Now." She growled at Kiriel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walked in, earbuds shoved into her ears and her dark hair pulle into a messy ponytail. She wore a white off the shoulder t-shirt with the words, 'Save Rock and Roll' scrawled across in blocky gold lettering and skinny jeans, plus Roots Canada roll down boots and her purple Roots Canads socks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She padded in and looked around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The dragon flie in and looks around at everyine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey.. howsbit goin?( yup straight male)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She smiled quickly, and thanked her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Then I'm leaving, too. I hate these things!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads in and looks atound
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wolf went to her son sniffing him then leaving to hunt