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Record 19682

Reading Experience:

Leonard Woolf to Desmond MacCarthy, 26 February 1905: 'The books you gave me were a godsend at once. I had to travel for two nights & a day in a bullock waggon through the jungle in order to reach this place [Jaffna]. For discomfort it was simply hell. I had to lie on my back on the hard floor of the waggon & was battered & jolted along for 36 hours but I took one of the small Shakespeare volumes with me in my pocket, & it helped me to forget my aching bones.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 28 Dec 1904 and 5 Jan 1905
Country: Ceylon
Time: n/a
Place: other location: On board bullock wagon
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: Colonial civil servant
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Ceylon
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Shakespeare
Title: n/a
Genre: Drama, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Oxford press miniature edition
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 19682  
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: 80
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Frederic Spotts (ed.), Letters of Leonard Woolf (London, 1990), p. 80,, accessed: 28 March 2023

Additional comments:

See p.80 n.1 in source for identification of edition of text.



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