From the Boston Globe:

Anglo-American understanding seems to have suffered a setback, judging by the furor over the US publication of a rough early work by novelist Virginia Woolf. In Sunday’s editions of the London newspaper The Independent, Woolf’s great-nephew Julian Bell disparaged the book’s introduction, by author Louise DeSalvo, as ”crude Freudianism.” English novelist Jeanette Winterson was quoted as saying of the book’s publication, ”It offends me. Virginia Woolf was very fierce about what should and shouldn’t be published, so she would have hated this.” Yet according to the publisher and DeSalvo, who edited the manuscript, the Woolf estate authorized the book.
The fragmentary work, called ”Melymbrosia,” was completed by Woolf in 1912, when she was 30, but never published, though much of its content appeared in Woolf’s first published novel, ”The Voyage Out,” in 1915. The material concerns the sexual and social awakening of a young Englishwoman, Rachel Vinrace. It deals with themes of lesbianism and incest, and Woolf filed it away. After her death, her husband, Leonard Woolf, donated the manuscript to the Berg Collection of English and American Literature of the New York Public Library.

Early Woolf novel elicits harsh words


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