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Record Number: 18063


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'then the old problem: what shall I read at dinner, propped open by a fork? decide finally on Virginia, grab the common reader, a pair of spectacles, a pencil, go in to dinner,'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 9 Mar 1892 and 29 May 1926

Country:

England

Time

evening

Place:

city: Weald, Sevenoaks
county: Kent
specific address: Long Barn

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:

Vita Sackville-West

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

9 Mar 1892

Socio-Economic Group:

Royalty / aristocracy

Occupation:

Novelist

Religion:

Unknown

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:

Virginia Woolf

Title:

The Common Reader

Genre:

Essays / Criticism

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Published 23 April 1925 by the Hogarth Press

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

18063

Source:

Print

Author:

Vita Sackville-West

Editor:

Louise DeSalvo

Title:

The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf

Place of Publication:

Great Britain

Date of Publication:

1984

Vol:

n/a

Page:

138

Additional Comments:

Quotation taken from a letter dated 29 May 1926 written by Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf. Additional editor Mitchell A. Leaska.

Citation:

Vita Sackville-West, Louise DeSalvo (ed.), The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf, (Great Britain, 1984), p. 138, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=18063, accessed: 26 February 2021


Additional Comments:

This is part of a long sentence in which Vita lists and reflects on the ways in which she is spending her time at Long Barn during this period.

   
   
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