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Leonard Woolf


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Leonard Woolf : 'The Three Jews'

Saturday 30 January 1915: '[Leonard] was kept late at Hampstead: didn't get home till 10.15 [...] He read Janet "The Three Jews".'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Leonard Woolf      Manuscript: Unknown


Leonard Woolf : The Wise Virgins, A Story of Words, Opinions, and a Few Emotions

Sunday 31 January 1915: 'After tea [...] I started reading The Wise Virgins, & I read it straight on until bedtime, when I finished it. My opinion is that it is a remarkable book; very bad in parts; first rate in others. A writer's book, I think, because only a writer perhaps can see why the good parts are so very good, & why the bad parts aren't very bad [...] I was made very happy by reading this: I like the poetic side of L. & it gets a little smothered in Blue-books, & organisations.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Virginia Woolf      Manuscript: Unknown


Leonard Woolf : Empire and Commerce in Africa. A Study in Economic Imperialism

7 January 1920: 'Reading Empire & Commerce to my genuine satisfaction, with an impartial delight in the closeness, passion & logic of it; indeed its a good thing now & then to read one's husband's work attentively.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Virginia Woolf      


Leonard Woolf : The Village in the Jungle

Maurice B. Wright to Leonard Woolf, 15 September 1913: 'I should like to thank you for your book The Village in the Jungle. I have enjoyed it more than anything I have read for many a day.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Maurice B. Wright      Print: Book


Leonard Woolf : The Wise Virgins

Marie Woolf to Leonard Woolf (reader's son), 11 December 1913: 'I am now returning you the Manuscript [of The Wise Virgins] [...] the reading of which has given me more pain than evidently you intended. ... You thought fit to hold us [Woolf family] all up [...] to ridicule, contempt and pity. ... You have not convinced me one jot that the people at Rickstead [i.e. Putney, Woolf family home] are one bit less valuable to the common working of the Universe, than are the people at Bloomsbury [...] this style of writing is unworthy of you [...] If you publish the book as it stands, I feel there will be a serious break between us'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Marie Woolf      Manuscript: Unknown


Leonard Woolf : article on 'the politician and the intellectual'

Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes, Marquess of Crewe, to Leonard Woolf, 29 July 1940: 'I read your article on the Politician and the Intellectual, in the New Statesman of July 20th, and I hope that you will excuse a much older man who has enjoyed the company of many of both sorts for troubling you with a few observations on it [goes on to comment further].'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes      Print: Serial / periodical


Leonard Woolf : Empire and Commerce in Africa

Leonard Woolf to Margery Perham, 24 August 1955: 'Did you ever come across [Charles] Temple, who was in the Nigerian Civil Service [...] He read Empire and Commerce after his retirement and when he lived in Granada; hearing that Virginia and I were going to stay in the mountains above, he asked us to come and spend the night at his house. I had a long talk with him and he was very bitter against [Lord] Lugard [imperialist attacked by Woolf in text], claiming that a great deal of the credit for indirect rule etc., whicb Lugard claimed himself, ought to have gone to him, Temple.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Charles Temple      Print: Book


Leonard Woolf : story

E. M. Forster to Leonard Woolf, before 24 May 1912: 'Dear Woolf 'It's a good story. Try the English Review -- I know of no other magazine that will pay for erections and excrement. Suggestions. New title. Shorten the Introduction and simplify its style [...] 'I enjoyed the story more the second reading, but still feel the touch of "scold" about it, that often goads me in Kipling [...] your man who has done & felt things is a little too anxious to give those who haven't a bad time.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Edward Morgan Forster      Manuscript: Unknown


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