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Record 18086

Reading Experience:

'The day before I left I read in the Times that I had won the most insignificant and ridiculous of prizes but I have heard nothing more; so it may be untrue.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 25 Mar 1928
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: 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:

Title: The Times
Genre: Ephemera, newspaper
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: 25 March 1928
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18086  
Source - Print  
  Author: Virginia Woolf
  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: 282
  Additional comments: Quotation taken from a letter dated 31 March 1928 written by Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West from Orange, France. Additional editor Mitchell A. Leaska.

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Louise DeSalvo (ed.), The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf (Great Britain, 1984), p. 282,, accessed: 08 February 2023

Additional comments:

The editors have added a footnote stating that the prize mentioned by Virginia was the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse. A footnote to a letter dated 14 March, from Vita to Virginia, p.279, gives the date of the Woolfs' departure to France as 26 March. This establishes the date of the reading experience.



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