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Record Number: 17838


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 20 April 1931: 'Stella Benson I don't read because what I did read seemed to me all quivering -- saccharine with sentimentality; brittle with the kind of wit that makes sentiment freezing: But I'll try again'.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1925 and 20 Apr 1931

Country:

n/a

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:

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:

n/a

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Stella Benson

Title:

n/a

Genre:

Unknown

Form of Text:

Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

17838

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:

284

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf, (London, 1989), p. 284, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=17838, accessed: 28 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Source ed notes (p.284 n.1) that Benson's first novel, Tobit Transformed, published 1931, and that Woolf had met Benson in 1925, Leonard Woolf having published some articles by her in The Nation -- so not clear whether Woolf refers here to Benson's fiction, or other writings.

   
   
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