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Record 18045

Reading Experience:

Editor's note reads 'V[irginia] W[oolf] must have been reading William Michael Rossetti's 1904 edition of The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti, to which he added a "compendious Memoir of her uneventful and rather secluded life."' See Additional Comments.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jul 1918 and 4 Aug 1918
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: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: William Michael Rossetti
Title: Memoir of Christina Rossetti
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Poetry, Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: In The Poetical Works of Christina Rossetti (1904)
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18045  
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: 178 n.3
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf (London, 1977), 1, p. 178 n.3,, accessed: 04 March 2024

Additional comments:

Source ed.'s note accompanies diary entry for Monday 4 August in which Woolf writes: 'While waiting to buy a book in which to record my impressions first of Christina Rossetti, then of Byron, I had better write them here,' going on to comment: 'Christina has the great distinction of being a born poet [...] But if I were bringing a case against God she is one of the first witnesses I should call [...] First she starved herself of love [...] then of poetry in deference to what she thought her religion demanded [discusses Rossetti's life in further detail]' (pp.178-79 in source). Source ed. also notes errors in some of Woolf's recollections of names in text.



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