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Record 17800

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
Virginia Woolf to Lytton Strachey, 22 October 1915: 'I should think I had read 600 books since we met. Please tell me what merit you find in Henry James. I have disabused Leonard [Woolf, husband] of him; but we have his works here, and I read, and can't find anything but faintly tinged rose water, urbane and sleek, but vulgar, and pale as Walter Lamb. Is there really any sense in it? I admit I can't be bothered to snuff out his meaning when it's very obscure. I am beginning the Insulted and Injured [Dostoevsky, 1862]; which sweeps me away. Have you read it.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1915 and 22 Oct 1915
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Sussex
   
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Virginia Woolf
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 25 Jan 1882
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Henry James
Title: 'works'
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 17800  
Source - Print  
  Author: Virginia Woolf
  Editor: Joanne Trautmann Banks
  Title: Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1989
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 87
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf (London, 1989), p. 87, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=17800, accessed: 25 July 2014

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