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Record 17838

Reading Experience:

Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 20 April 1931: 'Stella Benson I don't read because what I did read seemed to me all quivering -- saccharine with sentimentality; brittle with the kind of wit that makes sentiment freezing: But I'll try again'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1925 and 20 Apr 1931
Country: n/a
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: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Stella Benson
Title: n/a
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17838  
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: 284
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf (London, 1989), p. 284,, accessed: 09 December 2023

Additional comments:

Source ed notes (p.284 n.1) that Benson's first novel, Tobit Transformed, published 1931, and that Woolf had met Benson in 1925, Leonard Woolf having published some articles by her in The Nation -- so not clear whether Woolf refers here to Benson's fiction, or other writings.



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