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Record Number: 18198


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Wednesday 16 August 1922: 'I have read 200 pages [of Ulysses] so far -- not a third; & have been amused, stimulated, charmed interested by the first 2 or 3 chapters -- to the end of the Cemetery scene; & then puzzled, bored, irritated, & disillusioned as by a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples [...] An illiterate, underbred book it seems to me: the book of a self-taught working man, & we all know how distressing they are, how egotistic, insistent, raw, striking, & ultimately nauseating [...] I may revise this later. I do not compromise my critical sagacity. I plant a stick in the ground to mark page 200.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Aug 1922 and 16 Aug 1922

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

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:

Virginia Woolf

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

25 Jan 1882

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

agnostic

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:

James Joyce

Title:

Ulysses

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1922

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

18198

Source:

Print

Author:

Virginia Woolf

Editor:

Anne Olivier Bell

Title:

The Diary of Virginia Woolf

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1978

Vol:

2

Page:

188-189

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf, (London, 1978), 2, p. 188-189, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=18198, accessed: 27 February 2021


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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