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Record Number: 17806


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Virginia Woolf to Saxon Sydney-Turner, 25 February 1918: 'I daresay you share my feeling that Asheham is the best place in the world for reading Shakespeare. Asheham is very lovely at the moment [...] I've been sitting in the garden all the afternoon, reading Measure for Measure, looking at the trees, and thinking as much of you as of anything.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

25 Feb 1918

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Asheham, Rodmell
county: Sussex

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:

Virginia Woolf

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

25 Jan 1882

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

William Shakespeare

Title:

Measure for Measure

Genre:

Drama, Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

17806

Source:

Print

Author:

Virginia Woolf

Editor:

Joanne Trautmann Banks

Title:

Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1989

Vol:

n/a

Page:

97-98

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf, (London, 1989), p. 97-98, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=17806, accessed: 27 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Earlier in same letter (immediately before beginning of quotation used as evidence) Woolf writes: 'I'm thinking of reading Measure for Measure this afternoon'; see p.97.

   
   
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