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Melymbrosia by Virginia Woolf

Melymbrosia by Virginia Woolf

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Melymbrosia by Virginia Woolf Is a 350-page hardcover.  This copy published in 2002 by Cleis Press. The condition is very good.

Book Summary

Virginia Woolf completed Melymbrosia in 1912 when she was 30 years old. The story concerned the emotional and sexual awakening of a young English woman traveling abroad, and bristled with social commentary on issues as varied as homosexuality, the suffrage movement, and colonialism. Warned by colleagues that publishing outspoken indictments of Britain could prove disastrous to her fledgling career, Woolf revise the novel extensively, admitting much of the political Candor. In 1915, the quieter book was published as Woolf’s first novel under the title The Voyage Out.

The Cleis Press publication of Melymbrosia offers a rare look into the formative mind of the modernist master who revolutionized 20th century literature. Here, one sees the young Virginia Woolf learning her craft.

Like James Joyce's Stephen Hero, the original treatment of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, or Ralph Ellison's posthumously published Juneteenth, Melymbrosia is a lost classic that owes its existence to the research of a devoted scholar. In this instance, editor and Woolf authority Louise DeSalvo spent seven years reviewing more than 1,000 manuscript pages from Woole’s private papers. DeSalvo had no clear markers for proceeding to the finished draft, save for Woolf's remarks on the novels progress, plot, and structure in her diaries. The editor resourcefully relied upon clues among the papers themselves, including color of ink and paper color, where pencil or pen left off and began a new, and even the color of ribbon Woolf use to type manuscript Pages. The puzzle of Melymbrosia was eventually solved by the ingenuity and persistence of meticulous research.

ISBN:  1-57344-148-1

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