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Record Number: 18047


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

7 August 1918: 'Our excitement [has been] the return of the servants from Lewes last night, with [...] the English review for me, with [...] Katherine Mansfield on Bliss. I threw down Bliss with the exclamation, "She's done for!" Indeed I don't see how much faith in her as as woman or writer can survive that sort of story [...] her mind is a very thin soil, laid an inch or two upon very barren rock [...] she is content with superficial smartness; & the whole conception is poor, cheap, not the vision, however imperfect, of an interesting mind. She writes badly too. And the effect was as I say, to give me an impression of her callousness & hardness as a human being. I shall read it again; but I dont suppose I shall change.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 6 Aug 1918 and 7 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:

Katherine Mansfield

Title:

'Bliss'

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Serial / periodical

Publication Details

In The English Review, August 1918

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

18047

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:

179

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf, (London, 1977), 1, p. 179, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=18047, accessed: 28 February 2021


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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