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Record Number: 18614


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Saturday 20 April 1935: 'The scene has now changed to Rodmell [...] Good Friday was a complete fraud -- rain & more rain. I tried walking along the bank [...] Then I came home & read -- Stephen Spender [The Destructive Element] [...] It has considerable swing & fluency; & some general ideas; but peters out in the usual litter of an undergraduates table [discusses text further]'.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 18 Apr 1935 and 20 Apr 1935

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:

Stephen Spender

Title:

The Destructive Element

Genre:

Essays / Criticism, Philosophy

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

29 April 1935

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

18614

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:

303

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Virginia Woolf, Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The Diary of Virginia Woolf, (London, 1982), 4, p. 303, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=18614, accessed: 27 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Woolf reading an advance copy of text, sent to her by Spender; see p.301 n.13 in source.

   
   
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