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Record 18032

Reading Experience:

'I shall have, however, to give up reading your works at dinner, for they are too disturbing. I can't explain, I'll have to explain verbally some day. Unless you can guess. How well you write, though, confound you. When I read you, I feel no one has ever written English prose before, - Knocked it about, put it in its place, made it into a servant.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 17 Jun 1926
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: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: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Virginia Woolf
Title: unknown
Genre: Fiction, Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18032  
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: 144
  Additional comments: Quotation taken from a letter dated 17 June 1926 written by Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf. 'How well you write' is printed in italics. 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. 144,, accessed: 14 June 2024

Additional comments:

As Vita Sackville-West was referring to Virginia Woolf's works in general it is not possible to specify a single place of experience. However the letter from which the quotation comes was written at Vita's home: Long Barn, Weald, Sevenoaks.



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