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Record 18236

Reading Experience:

'I've not read it (and I dont suppose you'd care a damn to know what I thought, if I thought about it considered as a work of art - or would you?) - but I dipped in and read about Saulieu and the fair and the green glass bottle....I shall keep it by my bed, and when I wake in the night - so, I shant use it as a soporific, but as a sedative: a dose of sanity and sheep dog in this scratching, clawing, and colding universe....'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 25 Jan 1882 and 3 Dec 1939
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Rodmell, Lewes
county: Sussex
specific address: Monk's House
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:

Author: Vita Sackville-West
Title: Country Notes
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Published 1939
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 18236  
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: 458
  Additional comments: Quotation taken from a letter dated 3 December 1939 written by Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West. Additional editor Mitchell A. Leaska.

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Louise DeSalvo (ed.), The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf (Great Britain, 1984), p. 458,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:

The title of the book is added in an editorial footnote In a second footnote they add that Saulieu is in Burgundy. I assume that the book was published shortly before Vita sent it to Virginia in 1939.



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