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Record 17853

Reading Experience:

Virginia Woolf to Vanessa Bell, 3 May 1934: 'We only got the Times yesterday and read about George [Duckworth]. Well, there's nothing much to be said at this distance, in the wilds of Kerry. Poor old creature -- I wonder what happened and why he was at Freshwater [...] here we are a great deal further and wilder than if in Italy or Greece. We only see Irish papers, now and then; there are no towns, only an occasional small fishing village and as we changed our plans, all our letters have gone wrong. It was mere chance we found a copy of the Times lying about.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 2 May 1934
Country: Ireland
Time: n/a
Place: county: Kerry
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: Ireland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: report of death of Sir George Duckworth
Genre: Reference / General works
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: In The Times
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17853  
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: 348
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf (London, 1989), p. 348,, accessed: 03 February 2023

Additional comments:

Source ed. notes that Sir George Duckworth, half-brother of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, had died on 27 April 1934 at Freshwater, Isle of Wight (see p.348 n.1).



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