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Record Number: 18085


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I am grateful to you for having told me to buy Yeats' poems, they kept me happy in the train all the way. I like the one about Leda, How can those terrified vague fingers push That feathered glory from her loosening thighs?'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 9 Mar 1892 and 29 Feb 1928

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

other location: On a train to Berlin

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:

William Butler Yeats

Title:

Leda and the Swan

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

18085

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:

273

Additional Comments:

Quotation taken from a letter dated Wednesday 29 February 1928 written by Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf from 24 Brucken-allee, Berlin NW23. 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. 273, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=18085, accessed: 27 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Vita had travelled to Berlin to join her husband.

   
   
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