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Record 18614

Reading Experience:

Saturday 20 April 1935: 'The scene has now changed to Rodmell [...] Good Friday was a complete fraud -- rain & more rain. I tried walking along the bank [...] Then I came home & read -- Stephen Spender [The Destructive Element] [...] It has considerable swing & fluency; & some general ideas; but peters out in the usual litter of an undergraduates table [discusses text further]'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 18 Apr 1935 and 20 Apr 1935
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:

Author: Stephen Spender
Title: The Destructive Element
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 29 April 1935
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 18614  
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: 303
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf (London, 1982), 4, p. 303,, accessed: 23 April 2024

Additional comments:

Woolf reading an advance copy of text, sent to her by Spender; see p.301 n.13 in source.



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