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Record Number: 18067


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

' What else? Yes, I have read Cowper: "The stable yields a stercoraceous heap...." It bears an unpleasant resemblance to The Land, doesn't it? But it has its good moments, "While fancy, like the finger of a clock, Runs the great circuit, and is still at home." I read Les faux-monnayeurs too. I remember you said you didn't like it. Yet I wonder you weren't interested by the method of springing decisive events on the reader, without the usual psychological preparation. I thought it gave a stange effect of real life. I liked it better than Si le grain ne meurt, in which I liked only the beginning of the 3rd third volume, about the French litterateurs;'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 9 Mar 1892 and 11 Mar 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:

William Cowper

Title:

The Task, Part III (The Garden)

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1785

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

18067

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:

206

Additional Comments:

Quotation taken from a letter dated 11 March 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. 206, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=18067, accessed: 26 February 2021


Additional Comments:

The quotation from Cowper is line 463. "The Land" is Vita Sackville-West's poem.

   
   
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