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Record 17908

Reading Experience:

Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 29 August 1938: 'Just finished Lady Fred Cavendish's diaries: no vigour, no insight, no originality. All as drab and dowdy as Mabel's Sunday best (Mabel is our maid of all work.) [...] And such damned condescension to artists. Yet all else is fine flowing and thoroughbred - only the mind cluttered with curtains and ferns.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Aug 1938 and 29 Aug 1938
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: Agnostic
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: Lady Frederick Cavendish
Title: The Diary of Lady Frederick Cavendish
Genre: Autobiog / Diary
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Ed. John Bailey, 1927
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17908  
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: 406
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf (London, 1989), p. 406,, accessed: 08 February 2023

Additional comments:



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