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Record 18167

Reading Experience:

'I came in just now, having been to Wertheim's to buy a pair of gloves for 4 marks, and meant to go on with my story of the bank clerk who loses his memory, but having stopped at the book shop on the way and bought Orlando in Tauchnitz I began to read, and so lost myself that the evening is already nearly gone. Do you know, I never read Orlando without tears pricking my eyes?'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 5 Feb 1929
Country: Germany
Time: evening
Place: city: Berlin NW23
specific address: 24 Brucken Allee
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: Germany
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: Print: Book
Publication details: Published by the Hogarth Press 11 October 1928
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 18167  
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: 335
  Additional comments: Quotation taken from a letter dated Tuesday 5 February 1929 written by Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf. 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. 335,, accessed: 14 June 2024

Additional comments:

I have classified Orlando as biography/fiction as it was based on the life of Vita Sackville-West. However it covers a long period of time and the main character is a man.



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