Dipping into Melymbrosia feels as exciting and forbidden as prying open the door to a writers study and sneaking a look inside her dusty notebooks. This early novelwhich would become The Voyage Outwas completed in 1912, when Virginia Woolf was thirty years old. By the time the published version appeared three years later, she had not only polished her writing and refined her vision of the book, but softened its radical sexual and political content.
Painstakingly assembled by esteemed Woolf scholar Louise DeSalvo from over a thousand disordered pages of manuscript, Melymbrosia is a brilliant, rough-hewn work and a fascinating glimpse of the development of a great writer.
Paperback: 372 pages
Publisher: Cleis Press (September 27, 2004)