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Record Number: 18548


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'T. S. Eliot's The Rock. A Pageant Play had been performed at Sadler's Wells Theatre 28 May-9 June [1934] in aid of the Forty-Five Churches Fund of the Diocese of London, and was published at the same time. V[irginia] W[oolf] only read it, and expressed her views in a letter to Stephen Spender'.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 28 May 1934 and 24 Jul 1934

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:

T. S. Eliot

Title:

The Rock. A Pageant Play

Genre:

Drama, Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1934

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

18548

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:

230 n.21

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf, (London, 1982), 4, p. 230 n.21, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=18548, accessed: 27 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Source ed's note accompanies Woolf's remark (re dinner party on 23 July 1934) in Diary entry for 24 July 1934, that 'Tom [Eliot] remained on the verge; yellow, bony; but I regretted having denounced the Rock -- so much melancholy in his face' (p.230 in source).

   
   
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