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Record 18615

Reading Experience:

'Belchamber (1904) by Howard ("Howdie") Overing Sturgis (1855-1920), a prosperous American expatriate, has for its principal character "Sainty" -- the Marquis and Earl of Belchamber. V[rginia] W[oolf] read the "World's Classics" edition of 1935, with an introduction by Gerard Hopkins which draws a portrait of the author.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 May 1935 and 6 May 1935
Country: ?Holland
Time: n/a
Place: city: ?Zutphen
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: ?Holland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Howard Overing Sturgis
Title: Belchamber
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: In World's Classics edition, 1935
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18615  
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: 310 n.15
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf (London, 1982), 4, p. 310 n.15,, accessed: 28 May 2024

Additional comments:

Source ed.'s note accompanies Woolf's remarks on text made in diary entry of 6 May, written (from Zutphen) when she and her husband had been travelling in Holland for five days. Woolf's remarks on the text include the verdict that it was 'A moving, in its way, completed story. But shallow. A superficial book,' and the comments: 'I cant care what happens: yet I like the design [...] A sensitive sincere mind -- Howdie, doing his embroidery, & making his acute observations' (see pp.309-311).



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