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Record 19810

Reading Experience:

Marie Woolf to Leonard Woolf (reader's son), 11 December 1913: 'I am now returning you the Manuscript [of The Wise Virgins] [...] the reading of which has given me more pain than evidently you intended. ... You thought fit to hold us [Woolf family] all up [...] to ridicule, contempt and pity. ... You have not convinced me one jot that the people at Rickstead [i.e. Putney, Woolf family home] are one bit less valuable to the common working of the Universe, than are the people at Bloomsbury [...] this style of writing is unworthy of you [...] If you publish the book as it stands, I feel there will be a serious break between us'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Nov 1913 and 11 Dec 1913
Country: n/a
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:Marie Woolf
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: n/a
Religion: Jewish
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Leonard Woolf
Title: The Wise Virgins
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 19810  
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: 196-197
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Frederic Spotts (ed.), Letters of Leonard Woolf (London, 1990), p. 196-197,, accessed: 31 March 2023

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