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Record 19691

Reading Experience:

Leonard Woolf to Lytton Strachey, 29 October 1905: 'The taupe sent his book to me last week. It is really extraordinary that it is as amusing as it is. It is a queer kind of twilight humour don't you think [...] What enraged me in the book was the tragedy. If it is supposed to [italics]be[end italics] a tragedy it's absolutely hopeless; if it's supposed to be amusing, it simply fails.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Oct 1905 and 29 Oct 1905
Country: Ceylon
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:Leonard Woolf
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 25 Nov 1880
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Colonial civil servant
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Ceylon
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: E. M. Forster
Title: Where Angels Fear to Tread
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1905
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 19691  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Frederic Spotts
  Title: Letters of Leonard Woolf
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1990
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 105
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Frederic Spotts (ed.), Letters of Leonard Woolf (London, 1990), p. 105,, accessed: 19 August 2019

Additional comments:

'Taupe' (French: 'mole') Woolf and Strachey's nickname for Forster since student days at Cambridge.



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