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Record 19789

Reading Experience:

Leonard Woolf to Saxon Sydney-Turner, 24 June 1906: 'Here an enterprising female has started a Shakespeare Reading Society. We read As You Like It on Friday. It was not quite as bad as it might have been & I had expected the worst. There was considerable difficulty over the word copulation "I press in here, Sir, amongst the rest of the country copulatives" was allowed to pass, because no one was quite sure whether it referred to grammar or sexual intercourse. It was only the weight of my assurance that it referred to the former that induced Touchstone not to leave it out. I was Jaques.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jun 1906 and 24 Jun 1906
Country: Ceylon
Time: n/a
Place: county: Jaffna (province)
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:

Reading Group:Shakespeare Reading Society
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Unknown
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Great Britain
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: As You Like It
Genre: Drama, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 19789  
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: 119
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Frederic Spotts (ed.), Letters of Leonard Woolf (London, 1990), p. 119,, accessed: 28 March 2023

Additional comments:



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