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Record 19970

Reading Experience:

'My own darling, I write to you in the middle of reading "Orlando", in such a turmoil of excitement and confusion that I scarcely know where (or who!) I am. It came this morning by the first post and I have been reading it ever since, and am now half-way through. Virginia sent it to me in a lovely leather binding - bless her.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 11 Oct 1928
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Weald, Sevenoaks
county: Kent
specific address: Long Barn
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:Vita Sackville-West
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 9 Mar 1892
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: novelist
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Virginia Woolf
Title: Orlando
Genre: Fiction, Biography, Novel in the form of a mock-biography of Vita Sackville-West
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Published 11 October 1928
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 19970  
Source - Print  
  Author: Vita Sackville-West
  Editor: Nigel Nicolson
  Title: Vita and Harold
  Place of Publication: Great Britain
  Date of Publication: 1992
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 205
  Additional comments: Quotation taken from a letter dated 11 October 1928 written by Vita Sackville-West to Harold Nicolson.

Citation: Vita Sackville-West, Nigel Nicolson (ed.), Vita and Harold (Great Britain, 1992), p. 205,, accessed: 14 June 2024

Additional comments:

The editor describes "Orlando" in a footnote as 'a novel in the form of a mock biography of Vita, Virginia's longest love letter to her', and adds that 'Vita was not allowed to read a word of it until it was published'.



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