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Record Number: 18045


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Editor's note reads 'V[irginia] W[oolf] must have been reading William Michael Rossetti's 1904 edition of The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti, to which he added a "compendious Memoir of her uneventful and rather secluded life."' See Additional Comments.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Jul 1918 and 4 Aug 1918

Country:

England

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:

Agnostic

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 Michael Rossetti

Title:

Memoir of Christina Rossetti

Genre:

Essays / Criticism, Poetry, Biography

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

In The Poetical Works of Christina Rossetti (1904)

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

18045

Source:

Print

Author:

Virginia Woolf

Editor:

Anne Olivier Bell

Title:

The Diary of Virginia Woolf

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1977

Vol:

1

Page:

178 n.3

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf, (London, 1977), 1, p. 178 n.3, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=18045, accessed: 27 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Source ed.'s note accompanies diary entry for Monday 4 August in which Woolf writes: 'While waiting to buy a book in which to record my impressions first of Christina Rossetti, then of Byron, I had better write them here,' going on to comment: 'Christina has the great distinction of being a born poet [...] But if I were bringing a case against God she is one of the first witnesses I should call [...] First she starved herself of love [...] then of poetry in deference to what she thought her religion demanded [discusses Rossetti's life in further detail]' (pp.178-79 in source). Source ed. also notes errors in some of Woolf's recollections of names in text.

   
   
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