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Record 18336

Reading Experience:

Thursday 11 February 1932: 'My mind is set running upon A Knock on the Door (whats its name?) owing largely to reading "Wells on Woman" -- how she must be ancillary & decorative in the world of the future, because she has been tried, in 10 years, & has not proved anything.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Feb 1932 and 11 Feb 1932
Country: England
Time: n/a
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: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:

Author: H. G. Wells
Title: The Work, Wealth, and Happiness of Mankind
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Social Science
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1932
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18336  
Source - Print  
  Author: Virginia Woolf
  Editor: Anne Olivier Bell
  Title: The Diary of Virginia Woolf
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1982
  Vol: 4
  Page: 75
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf (London, 1982), 4, p. 75,, accessed: 01 February 2023

Additional comments:

Text being reviewed by Woolf's husband Leonard for the New Statesman and Nation. Woolf refers to chapter 11 in it, 'The Role of Women in the World's Work,' which concludes: 'Hitherto the role of women has been decorative and ancillary. And today it seems to be still decorative and ancillary ... Her recent gains in freedom have widened her choice of what she shall adorn or serve, but they have released no new initiative in human affairs....' (quoted by source ed.; see p.75 n.23 in source). 'A Knock on the Door' Woolf's prospective title for contemplated work which would ultimately be published as Three Guineas.



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