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Record 20108

Reading Experience:

'Moreover, her train had arrived one-and-a-half hours before luncheon, so she had gone to the Paddington Hotel and sat in the lounge reading P.G.Wodehouse.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 21 Nov 1886 and 2 May 1938
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: Paddington Hotel
location in dwelling: Lounge
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:Ethel Smyth
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Composer
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: unknown
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
Title: unknown
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 20108  
Source - Print  
  Author: Harold Nicolson
  Editor: Nigel Nicolson
  Title: Vita and Harold
  Place of Publication: Great Britain
  Date of Publication: 1992
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 300
  Additional comments: Quotation taken from a letter dated 2 May 1938 written by Harold Nicolson to Vita Sackville-West. Letter written from 4 King's Bench Walk, London.

Citation: Harold Nicolson, Nigel Nicolson (ed.), Vita and Harold (Great Britain, 1992), p. 300,, accessed: 01 March 2024

Additional comments:

Harold refers to Dame Ethel Smyth, with whom he was to have lunch. In a footnote the editor notes that she was a composer and suffragette, aged eighty.



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