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The Voyage Out By Virginia Woolf
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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... More > an opportunity to satirize Edwardian life. The novel introduces Clarissa Dalloway, the central character of Woolf's later novel, Mrs. Dalloway. Two of the other characters were modeled after important figures in Woolf's life. St John Hirst is a fictional portrayal of Lytton Strachey and Helen Ambrose is to some extent inspired by Woolf's sister, Vanessa Bell. And Rachel's journey from a cloistered life in a London suburb to freedom, challenging intellectual discourse and discovery very likely reflects Woolf's own journey from a repressive household to the intellectual stimulation of the Bloomsbury Group.< Less
Jacob's Room By Virginia Woolf
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Set in pre-war England, Jacob's story starts when he is still a child, and the novel follows him through college at Cambridge, and then into adulthood. Told mainly through the eyes of women in his... More > life, Jacob's time in London forms a large part of the story, leading to the beginning of World War I.< Less