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Record 20629

Reading Experience:

'I have just read Love on the Dole and His Worship The Mayor, books which were sent me by a friend a short time ago, for the second time, and I feel impelled to tell you that I know you to be, not only a born writer, but a great writer (and I never use that word lightly). I do not know when I have been so deeply, so terribly moved and so strongly impressed as I have been these two superb novels. How on earth you succeeded in combining the beauty and the unutterable tenderness of these books, their beautiful and inevitable form, with such an apalling indictment of our present damnable civilisation, I don't know. You are such a writer that the terrible tragedies of starvation, the people whose poignant and shining love, love between boy and girl, between husband and wife, love between friends, seem to me to have been known all my life.....'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1935 and 18 Mar 1935
Country: France
Time: n/a
Place: city: Paris
specific address: 129 Rue Saint-Dominique VIIe
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:Edith Sitwell
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 7 Sep 1887
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Poet
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Walter Greenwood
Title: Love on the Dole
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1933
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 20629  
Source - Print  
  Author: Edith Sitwell
  Editor: Richard Greene
  Title: Selected Letters of Edith Sitwell
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1998
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 145
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Edith Sitwell, Richard Greene (ed.), Selected Letters of Edith Sitwell (London, 1998), p. 145,, accessed: 19 July 2024

Additional comments:

Love on the Dole was Walter Greenwood's first novel. This is an extract from a letter to Greenwood in which Edith comments at some length and in which she tells him she will be writing to Siegried Sassoon (who is quoted) to ask if he has read the books. Such a letter does not appear in this collection.



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