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Record 18021

Reading Experience:

'The parties of Proust gain in fantasy from being read in such circumstances, (I don't mean in the bath, but on deck;) they recede, achieve a perspective; they become historical almost, like Veronese banquets through which flit a few masked Longhi figures, and ruffled by the uneasy impish breeze of French Freud. I re-enter their company after struggling with the Persian irregular verbs.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Until: 8 Feb 1926
Country: Indian Ocean
Time: n/a
Place: specific address: SS Rajputana in the Indian Ocean
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:Vita Sackville-West
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 9 Mar 1892
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: Novelist
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Indian Ocean
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Marcel Proust
Title: unknown
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18021  
Source - Print  
  Author: Vita Sackville-West
  Editor: Louise de Salvo
  Title: The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf
  Place of Publication: Great Britain
  Date of Publication: 1984
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 109
  Additional comments: Quotation taken from a letter dated 8 February 1926 written by Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf. It comes from a paragraph in which she mentions bathing in sea water full of phosphorus, and is part of her description of the atmophere on board ship. Additional editor Mitchell A. Leaska.

Citation: Vita Sackville-West, Louise de Salvo (ed.), The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf (Great Britain, 1984), p. 109,, accessed: 14 June 2024

Additional comments:

Vita Sackville-West was travelling to Persia to join her husband Harold Nicolson who had been posted to the British Legation in Teheran.



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