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Record 19667

Reading Experience:

Leonard Woolf to Lytton Strachey, 13 July 1902: '[italics]I[end italics] dribble on among Aristotle, golf & Byron. The last is a stiff job -- my God I've never read such trash as those Giaours and Corsairs. I had never read them before & assumed that they were nauseous, but I never imagined such feeble banalite as they contain. The letters however make up for a great deal & on the whole there is some amusement in steadily plodding through a whole author & really for once getting to know about one [...] I have also at last read [Joris Karl Huysmans'] A Rebours ... it [italics]is[end italics] diseased magnificence. The words simply dazzle me. I rather thought that sentence in the colossal chapter on the flowers & des Essintes' [sic] nightmare was in a way an epitome of Huysmans if not of all France. "Tout n'est que syphilis." Pish! I suppose everything is.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 15 Jun 1902 and 13 Jul 1902
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: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: George Gordon, Lord Byron
Title: 'Turkish Tales'
Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 19667  
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: 24-25; 24
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Frederic Spotts (ed.), Letters of Leonard Woolf (London, 1990), p. 24-25; 24,, accessed: 28 November 2023

Additional comments:

Source ed. notes, 'In a competition for a university essay prize, LW had begun a study of Byron' (p.24 n.3).



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