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Record 19037

Reading Experience:

Saturday 14 September 1940: 'I am reading Sevigne: how recuperative last week [during heavy air raids]; gone stale a little with that mannered & sterile Bussy now. Even through the centuries his acid dandified somehow supercilious well what? -- cant find the word -- this manner of his, this character penetrates; & moreover reminds me of someone I dislike [...] Theres a ceremony in him that reminds me of Tom [ie T. S. Eliot]. Theres a parched artificial cruelty'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Sep 1940 and 14 Sep 1940
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: Madame de Sevigne
Title: letters
Genre: letters
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 19037  
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: 320
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf (London, 1984), 5, p. 320,, accessed: 29 May 2024

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