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Record Number: 18245


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Tuesday 20 September 1927: 'I opened the Morning Post & read the death of Philip Ritchie [...] I think for the first time, I felt this death leaves me an elderly laggard; makes me feel I have no right to go on; as if my life was at the expense of his. And I had not been kind; not asked him to dinner & so on.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 13 Sep 1927 and 20 Sep 1927

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Rodmell
county: Sussex

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:

Title:

Notice of death of the Hon. Philip Charles Thomson Ritchie

Genre:

Ephemera

Form of Text:

Print: Newspaper

Publication Details

In the Morning Post (after 13 September 1927)

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

18245

Source:

Print

Author:

Virginia Woolf

Editor:

Anne Olivier Bell

Title:

The Diary of Virginia Woolf

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1980

Vol:

3

Page:

156

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf, (London, 1980), 3, p. 156, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=18245, accessed: 27 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Philip Ritchie, a friend of Lytton Strachey's, died aged 28 followsing a tonsillectomy on 13 September 1927; see p.10 n.10 and p.156 n.7 in source for further background. Source ed. also notes, at p.156 n.7: 'Despite L[eonard] W[oolf]'s scorn, V[irginia] W[oolf] used to take the arch-Conservative Morning Post during the summer months at Rodmell.'

   
   
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