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Record 18040

Reading Experience:

'...I'm sitting in an old silk petticoat at the moment with a hole in it, and the top part of another dress with a hole in it, and the wind is blowing through me, and I'm reading de Quincey, and Richardson, and again de Quincey- again de Quincey because I'm in the middle of writing about him, and my God Vita, if you happen to know do wire what's the essential difference between prose and poetry - It cracks my poor brain to consider.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 15 Jul 1926 and 8 Aug 1926
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: 52 Tavistock Square
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: Novelist
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: Thomas de Quincey
Title: Impassioned Prose
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18040  
Source - Print  
  Author: Virginia Woolf
  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: 150
  Additional comments: Quotation taken from a letter written by Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West. The date is shown as [19? July]. Additional editor Mitchell A. Leaska.

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Louise de Salvo (ed.), The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf (Great Britain, 1984), p. 150,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:

The editors have added a note stating that Virginia Woolf was writing about de Quincey's 'Impassioned Prose'. I have shown a date range between Virginia's previous and subsequent letters to Vita, as the editors have indicated that the date of the letter, and therefore the date of the reading experience, is uncertain.



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