A party of English people are headed for South America on a boat. One of them is 24-year-old Rachel Vinrace, a naïve and sheltered young woman. Rachel is taken under the wing of her aunt Helen, who sets out to teach Rachel "how to live". Maturing through conversations about politics, art, science, religion and relationships, Rachel eventually falls in love with Terence Hewet, a young writer. A haunting exploration of one young woman's mind, Virginia Woolf's first novel "The Voyage Out", published in 1915, shows the very beginnings of her experimental style. Told through steam of consciousness and shifts in focus between central and peripheral characters, this is the novel in which one of Woolf's most famous and beloved characters, Mrs. Dalloway, is first introduced.
The Voyage Out is the first novel by Virginia Woolf, published in 1915 by Duckworth; and published in the U.S. in 1920 by Doran. Rachel Vinrace embarks for South America on her father's ship and is launched on a course of self discovery in a kind of modern mythical voyage. The mismatched jumble of passengers provide Woolf with an opportunity to satirize Edwardian life. The novel introduces Clarissa Dalloway, the central character of Woolf's later novel, Mrs. Dalloway.