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Record 18715

Reading Experience:

Tuesday 10 September 1918: 'Though I am not the only person in Sussex who reads Milton, I mean to write down my impressions of Paradise Lost [...] Impressions fairly well describes the sort of thing left in my mind. I have left many riddles unread. I have slipped on too easily to taste the full flavour [goes on to describe and discuss in detail] [...] But how smooth, strong & elaborate it all is! What poetry!'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Sep 1918 and 10 Sep 1918
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: John Milton
Title: Paradise Lost
Genre: Other religious, Fiction, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18715  
Source - Print  
  Author: Virginia Woolf
  Editor: Anne Olivier Bell
  Title: The Diary of Virginia Woolf
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1977
  Vol: 1
  Page: 192-193
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf (London, 1977), 1, p. 192-193,, accessed: 22 February 2024

Additional comments:

Woolf has previously referred to her friend Janet Case's reading of Paradise Lost in same diary entry; see p.192 in source.



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