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Record 18245

Reading Experience:

Tuesday 20 September 1927: 'I opened the Morning Post & read the death of Philip Ritchie [...] I think for the first time, I felt this death leaves me an elderly laggard; makes me feel I have no right to go on; as if my life was at the expense of his. And I had not been kind; not asked him to dinner & so on.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 13 Sep 1927 and 20 Sep 1927
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Rodmell
county: Sussex
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: Writer
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: Notice of death of the Hon. Philip Charles Thomson Ritchie
Genre: Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: In the Morning Post (after 13 September 1927)
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18245  
Source - Print  
  Author: Virginia Woolf
  Editor: Anne Olivier Bell
  Title: The Diary of Virginia Woolf
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1980
  Vol: 3
  Page: 156
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf (London, 1980), 3, p. 156,, accessed: 24 April 2024

Additional comments:

Philip Ritchie, a friend of Lytton Strachey's, died aged 28 followsing a tonsillectomy on 13 September 1927; see p.10 n.10 and p.156 n.7 in source for further background. Source ed. also notes, at p.156 n.7: 'Despite L[eonard] W[oolf]'s scorn, V[irginia] W[oolf] used to take the arch-Conservative Morning Post during the summer months at Rodmell.'



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