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Record Number: 18065


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I am reading Gide's memoirs, very disappointing I think, so far; I have found hardly anything that pleased me except the marble that had been dropped into the hole in the door. I read Jesting Pilate and liked it. I have tried Arabia Deserta for the fiftieth time, but can't manage it. Yet no doubt it is a more monumental work than Jesting Pilate.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 9 Mar 1892 and 23 Feb 1927

Country:

Persia

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Teheran

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:

Persia

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Andre Gide

Title:

Memoirs

Genre:

Autobiog / Diary, Memoirs

Form of Text:

Unknown

Publication Details

'Arabia Deserta' published 1926

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

18065

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:

196

Additional Comments:

Quotation taken from a letter dated Wednesday 23 February 1927 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. 196, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=18065, accessed: 27 February 2021


Additional Comments:

'Jesting Pilate' was by George Rylands. 'Arabia Deserta' was by Aldous Huxley, an account of his tour around the world in 1926. This information is supplied in editorial footnotes.

   
   
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