Reading Experience Database

Basic Search

Advanced Search

Record 19792

Reading Experience:

Leonard Woolf to Lytton Strachey, 28 April 1907: 'Today my head is whirring with slight fever. Since I wrote that I have for the first time read The Competition Wallah. It is extraordinary; it might be the Northern Province in 1907 instead of Bengal in the sixties.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 28 Apr 1907
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:

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: Sir George Otto Trevelyan
Title: The Competition Wallah
Genre: Geography / Travel, Politics, ?fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1868
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 19792  
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: 127
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Frederic Spotts (ed.), Letters of Leonard Woolf (London, 1990), p. 127,, accessed: 08 June 2023

Additional comments:

Source ed. explains at p.127 n.2 that 'The term competition wallah is an Anglo-Indian colloquialism referring to persons admitted to the Indian Civil Service by competitive examination rather than through family or political connections.'



Reading Experience Database version 2.0.  Page updated: 27th Apr 2016  3:15pm (GMT)