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Published in 1915, THE VOYAGE OUT is Virginia Woolf's first novel, and came out after she had suffered a succession of severe mental crises. This definitive edition contains the original Hogarth Press text as overseen by the author, and a list of textual variants that appeared during her lifetime. THE VOYAGE OUT tells the story of a young Englishwoman, Rachel Vinrace, and her long sea voyage to South America, her engagement to Terence Hewet and her sudden illness and death. An extraordinary debut by one of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century.
Virginia Woolf was born in London in 1882, the daughter of Sir Leslie Stephen, first editor of The Dictionary of National Biography. From 1915, when she published her first novel, The Voyage Out, Virginia Woolf maintained an astonishing output of fiction, literary criticism, essays and biography. In 1912 she married Leonard Woolf, and in 1917 they founded The Hogarth Press. Virginia Woolf suffered a series of mental breakdowns throughout her life, and on 28 March 1941 she committed suicide.