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Record Number: 17853


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Virginia Woolf to Vanessa Bell, 3 May 1934: 'We only got the Times yesterday and read about George [Duckworth]. Well, there's nothing much to be said at this distance, in the wilds of Kerry. Poor old creature -- I wonder what happened and why he was at Freshwater [...] here we are a great deal further and wilder than if in Italy or Greece. We only see Irish papers, now and then; there are no towns, only an occasional small fishing village and as we changed our plans, all our letters have gone wrong. It was mere chance we found a copy of the Times lying about.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

2 May 1934

Country:

Ireland

Time

n/a

Place:

county: Kerry

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:

Ireland

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Title:

report of death of Sir George Duckworth

Genre:

Reference / General works

Form of Text:

Print: Newspaper

Publication Details

In The Times

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

17853

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:

348

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf, (London, 1989), p. 348, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=17853, accessed: 28 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Source ed. notes that Sir George Duckworth, half-brother of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, had died on 27 April 1934 at Freshwater, Isle of Wight (see p.348 n.1).

   
   
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