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Record 18099

Reading Experience:

6 March 1920: 'On Thursday, dine with the MacCarthys, & the first Memoir Club meeting [hosted by MacCarthys]. A highly interesting occasion. Seven people read -- & Lord knows what I didnt read into their reading. Sydney [Waterlow] [...] signified as much by reading us a dream [...] altogether a queer, self-conscious, self analytic performance [...] Clive purely objective; Nessa starting matter of fact: then overcome by the emotional depths to be traversed; & unable to read aloud what she had written. Duncan fantastic & tongue -- not tied -- tongue enchanted. Molly literary about tendencies & William Morris, carefully composed at first, & even formal: suddenly saying "Oh this is absurd -- I can't go on" shuffling all her sheets; beginning on the wrong page; firmly but waveringly, & carrying through to the end [...] Roger well composed; story of a coachman who stole geraniums & went to prison.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 4 Mar 1920
Country: England
Time: evening
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:Duncan Grant
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1885
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Artist
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: unknown
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Virginia Woolf Desmond and Molly MacCarthy Clive and Vanessa Bell Sydney Waterlow Roger Fry
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Duncan Grant
Title: autobiographical essay
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Autobiog / Diary
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 18099  
Source - Print  
  Author: Virginia Woolf
  Editor: Anne Olivier Bell
  Title: The Diary of Virginia Woolf
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1978
  Vol: 2
  Page: 23
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf (London, 1978), 2, p. 23,, accessed: 21 July 2024

Additional comments:

Source ed. notes: 'The Memoir Club [...] was invented by Molly MacCarthy in the hope of inducing Desmond MacCarthy to write something other than journalism. The members -- about a dozen old friends -- were expected every month [...] to foregather in one or another of the members' houses and each read a chapter of what was to become a full-length autobiography' (see p.23 n.9).



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