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Record 19019

Reading Experience:

Wednesday 3 January 1940: 'I have just put down Mill's autobiography, after copying certain sentences in the volume I call, deceptively, the Albatross.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 3 Jan 1940
Country: unknown
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: unknown
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: John Stuart Mill
Title: Autobiography
Genre: Autobiog / Diary
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1873
Provenance: n/a


Source Information:

Record ID: 19019  
Source - Print  
  Author: Virginia Woolf
  Editor: Anne Olivier Bell
  Title: The Diary of Virginia Woolf
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1984
  Vol: 5
  Page: 255
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf (London, 1984), 5, p. 255,, accessed: 03 February 2023

Additional comments:

Text read in first edition that had belonged to Woolf's father, Sir Leslie Stephen; source ed. notes that the quotation copied into notebook labelled The Albatross/Letters &/Memoir was: 'This lesson of keeping my thoughts to myself, at that early age, was attended with some disadvantage.'



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