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Record 18085

Reading Experience:

'I am grateful to you for having told me to buy Yeats' poems, they kept me happy in the train all the way. I like the one about Leda, How can those terrified vague fingers push That feathered glory from her loosening thighs?'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 9 Mar 1892 and 29 Feb 1928
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: other location: On a train to Berlin
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: William Butler Yeats
Title: Leda and the Swan
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18085  
Source - Print  
  Author: Vita Sackville-West
  Editor: Louise DeSalvo
  Title: The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf
  Place of Publication: Great Britain
  Date of Publication: 1984
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 273
  Additional comments: Quotation taken from a letter dated Wednesday 29 February 1928 written by Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf from 24 Brucken-allee, Berlin NW23. Additional editor Mitchell A. Leaska.

Citation: Vita Sackville-West, Louise DeSalvo (ed.), The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf (Great Britain, 1984), p. 273,, accessed: 14 June 2024

Additional comments:

Vita had travelled to Berlin to join her husband.



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