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Record 17987

Reading Experience:

Sunday 31 January 1915: 'After tea [...] I started reading The Wise Virgins, & I read it straight on until bedtime, when I finished it. My opinion is that it is a remarkable book; very bad in parts; first rate in others. A writer's book, I think, because only a writer perhaps can see why the good parts are so very good, & why the bad parts aren't very bad [...] I was made very happy by reading this: I like the poetic side of L. & it gets a little smothered in Blue-books, & organisations.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 31 Jan 1915
Country: England
Time: evening
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: Leonard Woolf
Title: The Wise Virgins, A Story of Words, Opinions, and a Few Emotions
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17987  
Source - Print  
  Author: Virginia Woolf
  Editor: Anne Olivier Bell
  Title: The Diary of Virginia Woolf
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1977
  Vol: 1
  Page: 32
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf (London, 1977), 1, p. 32,, accessed: 04 February 2023

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