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Record 17864

Reading Experience:

'Virginia [Woolf] read at least three of Colette's books, two of autobiography (Mes Apprentissages, 1934, Sido, 1929), and one of fiction (Duo, 1934), and the two writers sent each other messages through mutual friends.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1929 and 25 Jun 1936
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: Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
Title: Sido
Genre: Autobiog / Diary
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1929
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17864  
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: 375 n.1
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf (London, 1989), p. 375 n.1,, accessed: 20 May 2024

Additional comments:

Ed.'s note accompanies letter of 25 June 1936 in which Virginia Woolf writes to Ethel Smyth: 'I'm almost floored by the extreme dexterity insight and beauty of Colette. How does she do it? No one in all England could do a thing like that [...] And to think I scarcely know her books! Are they all novels? [...] I'm green with envy' (p.375).



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