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Record 17772

Reading Experience:

Virginia Stephen to Clive Bell, 18 August 1907: 'I am reading Henry James on America; and feel myself as one embalmed in a block of smooth amber: it is not unpleasant, very tranquil, as a twilight shore -- but such is not the stuff of genius: no, it should be a swift stream.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Aug 1907 and 18 Aug 1907
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Playden
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 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: Henry James
Title: The American Scene
Genre: Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1906
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17772  
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: 42
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf (London, 1989), p. 42,, accessed: 09 December 2023

Additional comments:



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