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Record Number: 17864


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Virginia [Woolf] read at least three of Colette's books, two of autobiography (Mes Apprentissages, 1934, Sido, 1929), and one of fiction (Duo, 1934), and the two writers sent each other messages through mutual friends.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1929 and 25 Jun 1936

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:

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

Title:

Sido

Genre:

Autobiog / Diary

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1929

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

17864

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:

375 n.1

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Virginia Woolf, Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed.), Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf, (London, 1989), p. 375 n.1, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=17864, accessed: 27 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Ed.'s note accompanies letter of 25 June 1936 in which Virginia Woolf writes to Ethel Smyth: 'I'm almost floored by the extreme dexterity insight and beauty of Colette. How does she do it? No one in all England could do a thing like that [...] And to think I scarcely know her books! Are they all novels? [...] I'm green with envy' (p.375).

   
   
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