Virginia Woolf completed her first novel, Melymbrosia, in 1912. The story concerned the emotional and sexual awakening of a young English- woman traveling abroad and bristled with social commentary on homosexuality, the suffrage movement and colonialism. Woolf was warned, however, that publishing an outspoken indictment of Britain could prove disastrous to her fledgling career as a novelist. The revised, quieter book was published under the title The Voyage Out. After seven years of searching the archives of the New York Public Library, Melymbrosia is now uncovered.
Virginia Woolf was a leading proponent of the modernist movement. Her famous works include Mrs Dalloway and To the Lighthouse. Louise DeSalvo is Professor of English at Hunter College and is the author of 11 books, including the award-winning Veritgo. She lives in New Jersey.