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Record 19796

Reading Experience:

Leonard Woolf to Lytton Strachey, 25 November 1908: 'I have been reading Forster's last book [A Room with a View] & as last year, at about the same time, it has just stirred the fringe of my brain [goes on to describe having recently had to view, in official capacity, the body of a murdered native woman] [...] I had no idea before that the smell of a decomposing human being is so infinitely fouler than anything else. Is that reality according to Forster? I believe last year I thought that he thought it is. But this book which appears to me really rather good & sometimes thoroughly amusing is absolutely muddled, isn't it?'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Nov 1908 and 25 Nov 1908
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: A Room with a View
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 19796  
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: 141-142
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Frederic Spotts (ed.), Letters of Leonard Woolf (London, 1990), p. 141-142,, accessed: 20 August 2019

Additional comments:



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