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Record 17809

Reading Experience:

Virginia Woolf to Lytton Strachey, 30 November 1919: 'I'm in the 2nd vol. of Ethel Smyth. I think she shows up triumphantly, through sheer force of honesty. It's a pity she can't write; for I don't suppose one could read it again. But it fascinates me all the same. I saw her at a concert two days ago -- striding up the gangway in coat and skirt and spats and talking at the top of her voice [...] she keeps up the figure of the nineties to perfection. Of course the book is the soul of the nineties.'
Century: 1850-1899, 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Nov 1919 and 30 Nov 1919
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: 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: Ethel Smyth
Title: Impressions that Remained (vol. 2)
Genre: Autobiog / Diary, Politics, Arts / architecture, Music
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 2 vols, 1919
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17809  
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: 116
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf (London, 1989), p. 116,, accessed: 04 February 2023

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