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Record 19824

Reading Experience:

Leonard Woolf to Lytton Strachey, 22 September 1918: 'V[irginia]. induced me to buy The King's English, a book which teaches you exactly how not to write. The difficulty is that that is precisely what it does do, and now I cannot write a sentence, because as soon as I get one down, I see that it is exactly like some horror of Miss [Marie] Corelli [popular novelist]'s quoted as a warning in that damned book.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Sep 1918 and 22 Sep 1918
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: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Marie Corelli
Title: extracts from novels
Genre: Fiction, Essays / Criticism, Textbook / self-education, Reference / General works
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Extracted in H. W. and F. G. Fowler, The King's English
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 19824  
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: 278
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Frederic Spotts (ed.), Letters of Leonard Woolf (London, 1990), p. 278,, accessed: 29 May 2024

Additional comments:



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