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Record 19658

Reading Experience:

Leonard Woolf to Lytton Strachey, 1 September 1901: 'London in August! [...] I like it because I choose it by refusing to fly London with the rest of the world [...] I like wandering through the deserted streets tawdry with painter's ladders & half starved cats & soiled fluttering tags of newspapers [...] It fascinates me by its bare brutality of ugliness, & produces the aesthetic titillation of a slum. During that season too I batten upon Balzac & his hold remains on me for weeks afterwards so that I am rereading Le Pere Goriot out on the cliffs & rocks here.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Aug 1901 and 1 Sep 1901
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Tintagel
county: Cornwall
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:Leonard Woolf
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 25 Nov 1880
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Undergraduate student
Religion: Jewish
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: Honore De Balzac
Title: Le Pere Goriot
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 19658  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Frederic Spotts
  Title: Letters of Leonard Woolf
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1990
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 18
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Frederic Spotts (ed.), Letters of Leonard Woolf (London, 1990), p. 18,, accessed: 09 December 2023

Additional comments:



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