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Record 17846

Reading Experience:

Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, c.28 December 1932: 'D'you know I get such a passion for reading sometimes its like the other passion -- writing -- only the wrong side of the carpet [...] this passion, which has been so well advised, lands me tonight in a book like the reek of stale cabbage and cheap face powder -- a book called The Story of San Michele by [Axel] Munthe [1929] [...] A book more porous with humbug, reeking more suddenly with insincerity, I've never read. I'm at page 50 [...] And I'm reading Stella Benson [Tobit Transplanted (1931)]: with pleasure'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Dec 1932 and 28 Dec 1932
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Rodmell
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: Stella Benson
Title: Tobit Transplanted
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1931
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17846  
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: 318
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf (London, 1989), p. 318,, accessed: 04 June 2023

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