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Record Number: 18386


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Sunday 21 May 1933: 'Tonight sitting at the open window of a secondrate inn in Draguignan [...] I dip into Creevey; L[eonard]. into Golden Bough.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 19 May 1933 and 21 May 1933

Country:

France

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Draguignan

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:

France

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Thomas Creevey

Title:

The Creevey Papers

Genre:

Autobiog / Diary, Politics

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

18386

Source:

Print

Author:

Virginia Woolf

Editor:

Anne Olivier Bell

Title:

The Diary of Virginia Woolf

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1982

Vol:

4

Page:

159

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf, (London, 1982), 4, p. 159, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=18386, accessed: 28 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Creevey (1768-1838) a Whig MP; Virginia and Leonard Woolf owned a copy of Herbert Maxwell's 1928 edition of his Papers. See p.157 n.4 in source, which accompanies Woolf's comments on Creevey in diary entry for 14 May 1933, in which she compares and contrasts Creevey and Henry James, referring to Creevey as a 'vulgar old brute' in his evocations of 'the general laxity & lustiness & vulgarity' of Regency court life, and his 'uncurbed, & weak' prose style.

   
   
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