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Record 17812

Reading Experience:

Virginia Woolf to Molly MacCarthy, 20 June 1921: 'I am reading the Bride of Lammermoor -- by that great man Scott: and Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence, lured on by the portrait of Ottoline [Morrell] which appears from time to time [...] There is no suspense or mystery: water is all semen: I get a little bored, and make out the riddles too easily. Only this puzzles me: what does it mean when a woman [Gudrun] does eurythmics in front of a herd of Highland cattle?'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jun 1921 and 20 Jun 1921
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: 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 Woolf
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 25 Jan 1882
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
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: D. H. Lawrence
Title: Women in Love
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17812  
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: 134
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf (London, 1989), p. 134,, accessed: 13 June 2024

Additional comments:

Source ed. notes that in Women in Love, 'Lawrence drew an unpleasant portrait of Ottoline Morrell, his friend and patroness, in the character of Hermione Roddice' (p.134 n.1 in source).



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