Virginia Woolf, 1902
"The Voyage Out," 1915
This first novel by Woolf shows aspects of what would become her distinctive Modernist style. Another interesting first in this novel is the appearance of Clarissa Dalloway, a character who would remain in Woolf's mind for another ten years and become the subject of of her masterpiece "Mrs. Dalloway" (1925). Although "The Voyage Out" may be her least read novel, many critics feel it is important because it displayed many of the principal themes that were to appear in in her later works.
Short story by Woolf published by The Hogarth Press
As early as 1905 she began writing book reviews for literary journals. Her letters and her diaries reveal a love for pen and paper and handmade books that augur her later career as a publisher and printer of beautiful small press books, some hand printed by her on her dining room table. This was the book publishing company The Hogarth Press, founded by Virginia and her husband Leonard Woolf.
Another early publication by the Hogarth Press
Virginia Woolf, 1920's
From "The Voyage Out" to "Mrs. Dalloway" and her other masterpieces, Woolf's literary journey is one that is fascinating to read about and can truly enhance our reading of her books.