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Record 17913

Reading Experience:

Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 1 February 1940: 'I'd like to look at South Riding [...] W[inifred]. H[oltby]. was a barrel organ writer [...] I'm judging WH only on her journalism [...] and the book on me, which I felt to be a painstaking effort rather to clear up her own muddles than to get the hang of mine. But I didnt want to be written about (not personally) and so never did more than whip through it with one eye shut.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1932 and 1 Feb 1940
Country: unknown
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: unknown
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Winifred Holtby
Title: study on Virginia Woolf
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1932
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17913  
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: 427
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf (London, 1989), p. 427,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:



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