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Record 19664

Reading Experience:

Leonard Woolf to Lytton Strachey, 1 April 1902: 'I have read nothing [over Easter vacation] except a book by the new -- comparatively -- Russian, Gorki. It is called Foma Gordyeeff & is ultra-Russian, savage & what is better pitiless to sentimentality, though not inhumanly pitiless. For all that I don't like it -- he is too crude & unartistic & has merely baldly told what a number of bored & rather brutal fools would do with their lives. The book is often consequently baldly sordid'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Mar 1902 and 1 Apr 1902
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Putney
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: n/a
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: Maxim Gorky
Title: Foma Gordyeeff
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 19664  
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: 22
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Frederic Spotts (ed.), Letters of Leonard Woolf (London, 1990), p. 22,, accessed: 02 December 2023

Additional comments:



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