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Record 17771

Reading Experience:

Virginia Stephen to Violet Dickinson, ?30 December 1906: 'I have been reading Keats most of the day. I think he is about the greatest of all [...] I like cool Greek Gods, and amber skies, and shadow like running water, and all his great palpable words -- symbols for immaterial things.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 30 Dec 1906
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Lyndhurst
county: Hampshire
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 Stephen
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 25 Jan 1882
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: John Keats
Title: poems
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 17771  
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: 35-36
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf (London, 1989), p. 35-36,, accessed: 10 December 2023

Additional comments:

Source ed. notes that Dickinson gave Stephen an edition of Keats as a Christmas gift; see p.34 n.4.



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