A personal copy of Virginia Woolf’s first book reappears.

Virginia Woolf’s first book, The Voyage Out, had handwritten notes that were later unearthed and digitally preserved by the University of Sydney.

It has uncommon inscriptions and alterations and is the only copy of its sort that is accessible to the general public.

A private London-based collector owns a different first UK copy that Woolf personally used.

According to experts, the discovery is “remarkable” and may shed light on the English author’s mental state and creative process.

With more than 45 books published, including To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf is regarded as one of the most significant modernist novelists of the 20th century.

She established the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative technique and continues to have a significant literary impact today.

The University of Sydney hopes that by making their copy available to the public, the numerous notes highlighting the alterations that were adopted and those that were rejected will provide new readers, literary students, and academics with some understanding of Woolf’s ideas.

During the estimated seven years it took Woolf to finish The Voyage Out, she experienced significant mental health crises.

The day before it was published in 1915, she relapsed into depression and was admitted to a nursing institution, where she spent the next six months. Leonard Woolf, her husband, claimed that she was “writing every day with a kind of tortured intensity” in order to complete the book.

She spent most of her life in an institution and made multiple suicide attempts. She entered the River Ouse carrying stones in her coat pockets and drowned at the age of 59 in March 1941.

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