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Record 17798

Reading Experience:

Virginia Woolf to Violet Dickinson, 11 April 1913: '[italics]I've[end italics] never met a writer who didn't nurse enormous vanity, which at last made him unapproachable like Meredith whose letters I am reading -- who seems to me as hard as an old crab at the bottom of the sea'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Apr 1913 and 11 Apr 1913
Country: England
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:Virginia Woolf
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 25 Jan 1882
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Agnostic
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: George Meredith
Title: letters
Genre: Letters
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17798  
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: 79-80
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf (London, 1989), p. 79-80,, accessed: 03 February 2023

Additional comments:

Source ed. notes that Meredith had been a friend of Woolf's father, Leslie Stephen; not clear whether letters read in print or MS (though also not clear whether or not they formed part of any correspondence with Stephen).



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