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Record 17863

Reading Experience:

'In Thomas Wright's Life of Charles Dickens (1935), Virginia [Woolf] had read about the novelist's affair with the actress Frances Eleanor Ternan, which lasted many years and contributed to his estrangement from his wife.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Feb 1936 and 8 Feb 1936
Country: England
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: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Thomas Wright
Title: Life of Charles Dickens
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1935
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17863  
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: 371 n.1
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf (London, 1989), p. 371 n.1,, accessed: 20 February 2024

Additional comments:

Ed.'s note accompanies letter of 8 February 1936 in which Virginia Woolf writes to Hugh Walpole: 'I'm reading David Copperfield for the 6th time with almost complete satisfaction. I'd forgotten how magnificent it is [...] So enthusiastic am I that I've got a new life of him [Dickens]: which makes me dislike him as a human being. Did you know -- you who know everything? -- the story of the actress?' (pp.370-371).



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