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Record 18163

Reading Experience:

'It seems to me the loveliest, wisest, richest book that I have ever read, - excelling even your own Lighthouse.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 9 Oct 1928 and 11 Oct 1928
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Weald, Sevenoaks
county: Kent
specific address: Long Barn
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: Virginia Woolf
Title: Orlando
Genre: Fiction, Biography
Form of Text: Manuscript: Codex
Publication details: Published by the Hogarth Press 11 October 1928
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18163  
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: 304
  Additional comments: Quotation taken from a letter dated 11 October 1928 written by Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf. The word 'richest' is printed in italics. The book referred to is 'Orlando'. 'Lighthouse' refers to Virginia Woolf's novel 'To the Lighthouse'. 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. 304,, accessed: 14 June 2024

Additional comments:

In Vita's previous letter to Virginia, dated Tuesday 9 October 1928, she asks Virginia to send 'Orlando' before 4 o'clock. The publication date, 11 October, (the date of Vita's letter), is added by the editors in a footnote to this earlier letter. This establishes the date range of the reading experience and suggests that Vita read it in manuscript form. In a footnote to the letter of 11 October the editors add that Virginia sent Vita a specially bound copy of 'Orlando' on its publication day ie 11 October. I have used Vita's and Virginia's description of 'Orlando' as biography. It is based on Vita's life but it covers a wide time span and its subject is a man.



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