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Record Number: 18167


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I came in just now, having been to Wertheim's to buy a pair of gloves for 4 marks, and meant to go on with my story of the bank clerk who loses his memory, but having stopped at the book shop on the way and bought Orlando in Tauchnitz I began to read, and so lost myself that the evening is already nearly gone. Do you know, I never read Orlando without tears pricking my eyes?'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

5 Feb 1929

Country:

Germany

Time

evening

Place:

city: Berlin NW23
specific address: 24 Brucken Allee

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:

Germany

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Virginia Woolf

Title:

Orlando

Genre:

Fiction, Biography

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Published by the Hogarth Press 11 October 1928

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

18167

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:

335

Additional Comments:

Quotation taken from a letter dated Tuesday 5 February 1929 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. 335, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=18167, accessed: 27 February 2021


Additional Comments:

I have classified Orlando as biography/fiction as it was based on the life of Vita Sackville-West. However it covers a long period of time and the main character is a man.

   
   
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