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Record 17839

Reading Experience:

Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, 24 May 1931: 'I've wasted 4 days when I wanted to write. And I've spent them partly reading Princess Daisy of Pless, speculating upon her real character and life and longing for a full account of them from you -- who appear in a footnote as a distinguished author. What a chance the British aristocracy had and lost -- I mean if they'd only grafted brains on to those splendid bodies and wholesome minds -- for I can't help liking her, in her wild idiocy, and her frankness "7 days late -- can it be a child --" seems to me the highest human quality, if it werent [sic] combined with a housemaids [sic] sensibility and the sentimentality of a Surbiton cook.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 May 1931 and 24 May 1931
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: Princess Daisy of Pless
Title: From My Private Diary
Genre: Autobiog / Diary
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1931
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17839  
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: 288-289
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf (London, 1989), p. 288-289,, accessed: 22 February 2024

Additional comments:

Source ed. notes that Princess Daisy of Pless (nee Mary Theresa Olivia Cornwallis-West) was distantly related to Vita Sackville-West through the De la Warr family; see p.288 n.3.



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