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1900-1945Thursday 14 March 1915: 'If I'd written this diary last night which I was too excited to do, I should have left a row of question marks at the end. What excited me was th...Virginia Woolf StarPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945' ... [Virginia Woolf] was liable to blame Mrs [Humphry] Ward for her own periods of sterility as a writer: "How I dislike writing straight after reading Mrs H. Ward! -- ...Virginia Woolf Mrs Humphry Ward Print: Book
1900-1945'"Reflection: It is presumably a bad thing to look through articles, reviews, etc. to find one's own name. Yet I often do." And that same week, she is agonizing over "one...Virginia Woolf Times Literary Supplement, ThePrint: Newspaper, Serial / periodical
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Leonard Woolf, 14 July 1936: 'A very good, though very dull day. No headache this morning, brain rather active in fact: but didn't write -- did not...Virginia Woolf Thomas Babington MacaulayunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945'There was one [thought like a hornet] zooming in The Times this morning - a woman's voice saying, "Women have not a word to say in politics".'Virginia Woolf The TimesPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945Virginia Woolf, on her honeymoon, to Lytton Strachey, 1 September 1912: 'You can't think with what a fury we fall on printed matter, so long denied us by our own wri...Virginia Woolf 'new novels'Print: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf, on her honeymoon, to Lytton Strachey, 1 September 1912: 'You can't think with what a fury we fall on printed matter, so long denied us by our own wri...Virginia Woolf Fyodor DostoevskyCrime and PunishmentPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Violet Dickinson, 11 April 1913: '[italics]I've[end italics] never met a writer who didn't nurse enormous vanity, which at last made him unapproachab...Virginia Woolf George MeredithlettersUnknown
1900-1945'Clive Bell's Art had been published in February 1914. It propounded the concept of "Significant form", but Virginia [Woolf], reading it in the midst of her [mental] il...Virginia Woolf Clive BellArtPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Lytton Strachey, 22 October 1915: 'I should think I had read 600 books since we met. Please tell me what merit you find in Henry James. I have disa...Virginia Woolf Henry James'works'Print: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Lytton Strachey, 22 October 1915: 'I should think I had read 600 books since we met. Please tell me what merit you find in Henry James. I have disa...Virginia Woolf Fyodor DostoevskyThe Insulted and InjuredPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Margaret Llewelyn Davies, 23 January 1916: 'I've been reading Carlyle's Past and Present [1843], and wondering whether all his rant has made a scra...Virginia Woolf Thomas CarlylePast and PresentPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Margaret Llewelyn Davies, 23 January 1916: 'I've been reading Carlyle's Past and Present [1843], and wondering whether all his rant has made a scra...Virginia Woolf The TimesPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Saxon Sydney-Turner, 25 February 1918: 'Asheham is very lovely at the moment. I started upon Sophocles the day after we came -- the Electra, which ...Virginia Woolf Sophocles ElectraPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Saxon Sydney-Turner, 25 February 1918: 'Asheham is very lovely at the moment. I started upon Sophocles the day after we came -- the Electra, which ...Virginia Woolf Leonard Merrick Print: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Saxon Sydney-Turner, 25 February 1918: 'I daresay you share my feeling that Asheham is the best place in the world for reading Shakespeare. Asheham...Virginia Woolf William ShakespeareMeasure for MeasurePrint: Book
1850-1899
1900-1945
Virginia Woolf to Lytton Strachey, 12 October 1918: 'I read the Greeks, but I am extremely doubtful whether I understand anything they say; also I have read the whol...Virginia Woolf classical Greek literaturePrint: Book
1850-1899
1900-1945
Virginia Woolf to Lytton Strachey, 12 October 1918: 'I read the Greeks, but I am extremely doubtful whether I understand anything they say; also I have read the whol...Virginia Woolf John Miltoncomplete worksPrint: Book
1850-1899
1900-1945
Virginia Woolf to Lytton Strachey, 30 November 1919: 'I'm in the 2nd vol. of Ethel Smyth. I think she shows up triumphantly, through sheer force of honesty. It's a p...Virginia Woolf Ethel SmythImpressions that Remained (vol. 2)Print: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Molly MacCarthy, 20 June 1921: 'I am reading the Bride of Lammermoor -- by that great man Scott: and Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence, lured on by t...Virginia Woolf Walter ScottThe Bride of LammermoorPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Molly MacCarthy, 20 June 1921: 'I am reading the Bride of Lammermoor -- by that great man Scott: and Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence, lured on by t...Virginia Woolf D. H. LawrenceWomen in LovePrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Janet Case, 20 March 1922: 'Literature still survives. I've not read K. Mansfield [The Garden Party], and don't mean to. I've read Bliss; and it w...Virginia Woolf Katherine MansfieldBlissPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Roger Fry, 6 May 1922: 'I have the most violent cold in the whole parish. Proust's fat volume comes in very handy. Last night I started on vol 2 [A...Virginia Woolf Marcel ProustA l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleursPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ottoline Morrell, 18 August 1922: 'Poor Rebecca West's novel bursts like an over stuffed sausage. She pours it all in; and one is covered with flyi...Virginia Woolf Rebecca WestThe JudgePrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ottoline Morrell, 18 August 1922: 'Poor Rebecca West's novel bursts like an over stuffed sausage. She pours it all in; and one is covered with flyi...Virginia Woolf Henry JamesThe Wings of a DovePrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ottoline Morrell, 18 August 1922: 'Poor Rebecca West's novel bursts like an over stuffed sausage. She pours it all in; and one is covered with flyi...Virginia Woolf James JoyceUlyssesPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Mary Hutchinson, c. 18 April 1923: 'I am reading Proust, I am reading Rimbaud. I am longing to write.' ...Virginia Woolf Marcel Proust Print: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Mary Hutchinson, c. 18 April 1923: 'I am reading Proust, I am reading Rimbaud. I am longing to write.' ...Virginia Woolf Rimbaud  Print: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, 17 February 1926: 'Why are all professors of English literature ashamed of English literature? Walter Raleigh calls Shakespear...Virginia Woolf Walter RaleighLettersPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, 9 October 1927: 'I am reading Knole and The Sackvilles. Dear me; you know a lot: you have a rich dusky attic of a mind.' ...Virginia Woolf V. Sackville-WestKnole and the SackvillesPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, 30 August 1928: 'I am happy because it is the loveliest August [...] I read Proust, Henry James, Dostoevsky'. ...Virginia Woolf Marcel Proust Print: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, 30 August 1928: 'I am happy because it is the loveliest August [...] I read Proust, Henry James, Dostoevsky'. ...Virginia Woolf Henry James Print: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, 30 August 1928: 'I am happy because it is the loveliest August [...] I read Proust, Henry James, Dostoevsky'. ...Virginia Woolf Fyodor Dostoevsky Print: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, 8 January 1929: 'I've been reading Balzac, and Tolstoy. Practically every scene in Anna Karenina is branded on me, though I've...Virginia Woolf Honore de Balzac Print: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, 8 January 1929: 'I've been reading Balzac, and Tolstoy. Practically every scene in Anna Karenina is branded on me, though I've...Virginia Woolf Leo Tolstoy Print: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, 8 January 1929: 'I've been reading Balzac, and Tolstoy. Practically every scene in Anna Karenina is branded on me, though I've...Virginia Woolf Leo TolstoyAnna KareninaPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Mary Hutchinson, 6 May 1929: 'We are down here [Monks House, Rodmell] to see about making a new room -- this we have been seeing about for 3 months...Virginia Woolf Ronald Firbank Print: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, 17 September 1929: 'I've only read 30 pages of Rebecca [West] [...] I agree that the convention is tight and affected and occa...Virginia Woolf Rebecca WestHarriet HumePrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 20 April 1931: 'I'm reading Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, for the first time'. ...Virginia Woolf D. H. LawrenceSons and LoversPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 20 April 1931: 'Stella Benson I don't read because what I did read seemed to me all quivering -- saccharine with sentimentality; britt...Virginia Woolf Stella Benson Unknown
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, 24 May 1931: 'I've wasted 4 days when I wanted to write. And I've spent them partly reading Princess Daisy of Pless, speculati...Virginia Woolf Princess Daisy of PlessFrom My Private DiaryPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Hugh Walpole, 8 November 1931: 'I'm reading Middlemarch with even greater pleasure than I remembered: and Ford M. Ford's memoirs [Thus to Revisit] ...Virginia Woolf George EliotMiddlemarchPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Hugh Walpole, 8 November 1931: 'I'm reading Middlemarch with even greater pleasure than I remembered: and Ford M. Ford's memoirs [Thus to Revisit] ...Virginia Woolf Ford Madox FordThus to RevisitPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Lytton Strachey, 10 December 1931: 'I read As you like it the other day and was almost sending you a wire to ask what is the truth about Jacques --...Virginia Woolf William ShakespeareAs You Like ItPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, 18 October 1932: 'My Elizabeth [Bowen] comes to see me, alone, tomorrow. I rather think, as I told you, that her emotions sway...Virginia Woolf Elizabeth Bowen Print: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, c.28 December 1932: 'D'you know I get such a passion for reading sometimes its like the other passion -- writing -- only the wrong sid...Virginia Woolf Axel MuntheThe Story of San MichelePrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, c.28 December 1932: 'D'you know I get such a passion for reading sometimes its like the other passion -- writing -- only the wrong sid...Virginia Woolf Stella BensonTobit TransplantedPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Quentin Bell, 26 July 1933: 'I'm sending you a book of short stories; one -- by [James] Joyce -- seems to me very good. The others Ive not read.'Virginia Woolf James Joyceshort storyPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Quentin Bell, 26 November 1933: 'I read your letter with great pleasure in Time and Tide; it seemed to me put with masterly brevity; most true.'Virginia Woolf Quentin BellletterPrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Vanessa Bell, 3 May 1934: 'We only got the Times yesterday and read about George [Duckworth]. Well, there's nothing much to be said at this distanc...Virginia Woolf report of death of Sir George DuckworthPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 21 May 1934: 'So I came back lit the fire; and read Proust, which is of course so magnificent that I cant write myself within its arc'...Virginia Woolf Marcel Proust Print: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 21 May 1934: 'I lit the fire and read Mrs Wharton; Memoirs and she knew Mrs Hunter [Ethel's sister], and probably you. Please tell me ...Virginia Woolf Edith WhartonA Backward GlancePrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 8 January 1935: 'We had a children's party and I judged the clothes. All the mothers gazed, and I felt like -- who's the man in the bi...Virginia Woolf The BiblePrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 8 January 1935: 'We had a children's party and I judged the clothes. All the mothers gazed, and I felt like -- who's the man in the bi...Virginia Woolf Ernest RenanSt PaulPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 8 January 1935: 'We had a children's party and I judged the clothes. All the mothers gazed, and I felt like -- who's the man in the bi...Virginia Woolf New TestamentPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Hugh Walpole, 8 February 1936: 'I'm reading David Copperfield for the 6th time with almost complete satisfaction. I'd forgotten how magnificent it ...Virginia Woolf Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Book
1900-1945'In Thomas Wright's Life of Charles Dickens (1935), Virginia [Woolf] had read about the novelist's affair with the actress Frances Eleanor Ternan, which lasted many yea...Virginia Woolf Thomas WrightLife of Charles DickensPrint: Book
1900-1945'Virginia [Woolf] read at least three of Colette's books, two of autobiography (Mes Apprentissages, 1934, Sido, 1929), and one of fiction (Duo, 1934), and the two write...Virginia Woolf Sidonie-Gabrielle ColetteSidoPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 18 September 1936: 'The Prelude. Have you read it lately? Do you know, it's so good, so succulent, so suggestive, that I have to hoard...Virginia Woolf William WordsworthThe PreludePrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Lady Ottoline Morrell, 27 June 1937: 'If you want sheer joy read [Congreve]; if you dont want anything so ecstatic, but broad and mellow and satisf...Virginia Woolf George SandMemoires (vol 5)Print: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, 3 May 1938: 'I am reading for the first time a book which I think a very good book -- Mandeville's Fable of the bees [1714].'Virginia Woolf Bernard MandevilleThe Fable of the Bees; or, Private Vices, Publick ...Print: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 29 August 1938: 'Just finished Lady Fred Cavendish's diaries: no vigour, no insight, no originality. All as drab and dowdy as Mabel's ...Virginia Woolf Lady Frederick CavendishThe Diary of Lady Frederick CavendishPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to May Sarton, 2 February 1939: 'I have been so steeped in modern manuscripts that I was losing all sense that one differed from another. I am reading...Virginia Woolf Geoffrey ChaucerunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Shena, Lady Simon, 22 January 1940: 'I've had too many distractions to write [...] But not too many to read your paper. I find it useful, suggestiv...Virginia Woolf Shena, Lady Simonpaper on women and warUnknown
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 1 February 1940: 'I'd like to look at South Riding [...] W[inifred]. H[oltby]. was a barrel organ writer [...] I'm judging WH only on ...Virginia Woolf Winifred Holtbystudy on Virginia WoolfPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 1 February 1940: 'Reading Burke. Reading Gide.'Virginia Woolf Edmund BurkeunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 1 February 1940: 'Reading Burke. Reading Gide.'Virginia Woolf Andre GideunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Ethel Smyth, 17 May 1940: 'D'you know what I find? -- reading a whole poet is consoling: Coleridge I bought in an old type copy tarnished cover, ye...Virginia Woolf Samuel Taylor ColeridgeunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Virginia Woolf to Benedict Nicolson, 13 August 1940: '[opens] Just as I began to read your letter, an air raid warning sounded. I'll put down the reflections that oc...Virginia Woolf Benedict Nicolsonletter to Virginia WoolfManuscript: Letter
1900-1945'I like the story very very much - in fact, I began reading it after you left...went out for a walk, thinking of it all the time, and came back and finished it, being ful...Virginia Woolf Vita Sackville-WestSeducers in EcuadorManuscript: Unknown
1900-1945Saturday 2 January 1915: 'I read Guy Mannering upstairs for 20 minutes'.Virginia Woolf Walter ScottGuy ManneringPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 19 January 1915: 'I'm reading The Idiot. I cant bear the style of it very often; at the same time, he seems to me to have the kind of vitality in him that Sco...Virginia Woolf Fyodor DostoevskyThe IdiotPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 19 January 1915: 'I'm reading The Idiot. I cant bear the style of it very often; at the same time, he seems to me to have the kind of vitality in him that S...Virginia Woolf Jules MicheletHistoire de FrancePrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 19 January 1915: 'I'm reading The Idiot. I cant bear the style of it very often; at the same time, he seems to me to have the kind of vitality in him that S...Virginia Woolf Fanny Kemble'Life'Print: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 19 January 1915: 'I'm reading The Idiot. I cant bear the style of it very often; at the same time, he seems to me to have the kind of vitality in him that S...Virginia Woolf Alexander PopeThe Rape of the LockPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 20 January 1915: 'I read Essay upon Criticism waiting for my train at Hammersmith. The classics make the time pass much better than the Pall Mall Gazette.' ...Virginia Woolf Alexander PopeEssay on CriticismPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 21 January 1915: 'I went to the London Library [...] Here I read Gilbert Murray on Immortality, got a book for L[eonard]. & so home, missing my train, & readin...Virginia Woolf Alexander PopeEpistle to Dr ArbuthnotPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 21 January 1915: 'I went to the London Library [...] Here I read Gilbert Murray on Immortality, got a book for L[eonard]. & so home, missing my train, & readin...Virginia Woolf Gilbert MurrayunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Monday 25 January 1915: 'I have been very happy reading father on Pope, which is very witty & bright -- without a single dead sentence in it.' Virginia Woolf Leslie Stephencritical work on PopePrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 31 January 1915: 'After tea [...] I started reading The Wise Virgins, & I read it straight on until bedtime, when I finished it. My opinion is that it is a remar...Virginia Woolf Leonard WoolfThe Wise Virgins, A Story of Words, Opinions, and ...Manuscript: Unknown
1900-1945Sunday 14 February 1915: 'I am now reading a later volume of Michelet, which is superb, & the only tolerable history.' Virginia Woolf Jules MicheletHistoire de FrancePrint: Book
1900-1945Friday 2 November 1917: 'I find it impossible to read after a railway journey; I cant open Dante or think of him without a shudder -- the cause being I think partly the...Virginia Woolf The TimesPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945Monday 12 November 1917: 'I went to Mudies, & got The Leading Note, in order to examine into R.T. more closely [...] I came home with my book, which does not seem a ver...Virginia Woolf Rosalind MurrayThe Leading NotePrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 5 December 1917: 'L[eonard]. reading Life of Dilke [...] I'm past the middle of Purgatorio, but find it stiff, the meaning more than the language, I think.' ...Virginia Woolf Dante AlighieriPurgatorioPrint: Book
1900-1945Friday 7 December 1917: 'I ended my afternoon in one of the great soft chairs at Gordon Square [...] I sat alone for 20 minutes, reading a book on Children & Sex.' ...Virginia Woolf unknown'book on Children & Sex'Print: Book
1900-1945'In bed I have been fuming over your assumption that my liking for the poet Crabbe is avowed. I assure you I bought a copy out of my own pocket money before you were wea...Virginia Woolf George CrabbeunknownPrint: Book
1900-194510 December 1917: 'My afternoon was very nearly normal; to Mudies, tea in an A.B.C. reading a life of Gaudier Brzeska'.Virginia Woolf Ezra PoundGaudier-Brzeska. A MemoirPrint: Book
1900-194524 January 1918: 'To the Club, where I found Lytton by himself, & not feeling inclined for talk we read our papers near together.'Virginia Woolf newspapersPrint: Newspaper
1900-19452 March 1918: '[On 19 February] we went to Asheham [...] I saw no-one; for 5 days I wasn't in a state for reading [due to influenza]; but I did finally read Morley & othe...Virginia Woolf John, Viscount MorleyunknownPrint: Book
1900-19452 March 1918: '[On 19 February] we went to Asheham [...] I saw no-one; for 5 days I wasn't in a state for reading [due to influenza]; but I did finally read Morley & othe...Virginia Woolf William ShakespeareunknownPrint: Book
1900-19455 April 1918: 'Off we went to Asheham on Thursday [21 March] [...] my memory is most centred upon an afternoon reading in the garden. I happened to read Wordsworth; the...Virginia Woolf William Wordsworth'Lines Written in Early Spring, 1798'Print: Book
1900-194527 June 1918: 'At the Club yesterday I picked up the Times & read of Aunt Minna's death 2 days ago at Lane End [...] She was in her 91st year. A more composed, & outwar...Virginia Woolf notice of death of Sarah Emily DuckworthPrint: Newspaper
1900-19452 July 1918: 'I was reading Macaulay's Life over my tea [...] when Mrs Woolf [husband's sister-in-law] was announced.'Virginia Woolf George Otto TrevelyanThe Life and Letters of Lord MacaulayPrint: Book
1900-1945'...I'm sitting in an old silk petticoat at the moment with a hole in it, and the top part of another dress with a hole in it, and the wind is blowing through me, and I'm...Virginia Woolf Thomas de QuinceyImpassioned ProsePrint: Book
1900-1945Editor's note reads 'V[irginia] W[oolf] must have been reading William Michael Rossetti's 1904 edition of The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti, to which he...Virginia Woolf William Michael RossettiMemoir of Christina RossettiPrint: Book
1900-19457 August 1918: 'Our excitement [has been] the return of the servants from Lewes last night, with [...] the English review for me, with [...] Katherine Mansfield on Blis...Virginia Woolf Katherine Mansfield'Bliss'Print: Serial / periodical
1900-19457 August 1918: 'I was very glad to go on with my Byron [...] I'm amused to find how easily I can imagine the effect he had upon women [goes on to comment further upon B...Virginia Woolf unknownlife of ByronPrint: Book
1900-1945'The whole book is full of nooks and corners which I enjoy exploring. Sometimes one wants a candle in one's hand though - That's my only criticism - you've left (I daresa...Virginia Woolf Vita Sackville-WestPassenger to TeheranManuscript: Sheet, Earlier in the letter Virginia Woolf describes the form of the text she read as 'the second batch of proofs'.
1900-1945'The day before I left I read in the Times that I had won the most insignificant and ridiculous of prizes but I have heard nothing more; so it may be untrue.'Virginia Woolf The TimesPrint: Newspaper
1900-19457 January 1920: 'Reading Empire & Commerce to my genuine satisfaction, with an impartial delight in the closeness, passion & logic of it; indeed its a good thing now & th...Virginia Woolf Leonard WoolfEmpire and Commerce in Africa. A Study in Economic...Unknown
1900-194520 April 1920: 'Saw the birth of Ka's son in the Times this morning, & feel slightly envious all day in consequence.'Virginia Woolf Notice of birth of Mark Arnold-FosterPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945Tuesday 10 August 1920: 'Reading Don Q. still -- I confess rather sinking in the sand -- rather soft going [...] but he has the loose, far scattered vitality of the great...Virginia Woolf Miguel de CervantesDon QuixotePrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 19 August 1920: 'Yesterday [...] read [Sophocles'] Trachiniae with comparative ease -- always comparative -- oh dear me!'Virginia Woolf Sophocles TrachiniaePrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 25 January 1921: 'K. M. (as the papers call her) swims from triumph to triumph in the reviews; save that [J. C.] Squire doubts her genius -- so, I'm afraid, do I....Virginia Woolf Katherine MansfieldunknownPrint: Unknown
1900-1945Friday 15 April 1921: 'I have been lying recumbent all day reading Carlyle, and now Macaulay, first to see if Carlyle wrote better than Lytton [Strachey], then to see if ...Virginia Woolf Thomas Carlyle'reminiscences'Print: Book
1900-1945Friday 15 April 1921: 'I have been lying recumbent all day reading Carlyle, and now Macaulay, first to see if Carlyle wrote better than Lytton [Strachey], then to see if ...Virginia Woolf Thomas Babington MacaulayunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 15 May 1921: 'I read 4 pages of sneer & condescending praise of me in the Dial the other day. Oddly enough, I have drawn the sting of it by deciding to print it am...Virginia Woolf Kenneth Burke'The Modern English Novel Plus' (review of Virgini...Print: Serial / periodical
1900-1945Monday 12 September 1921: 'I have finished the Wings of the Dove, & make this comment. His [Henry James's] manipulations become so elaborate towards the end that instead ...Virginia Woolf Henry JamesThe Wings of a DovePrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 15 September 1921: 'I have been dabbling in K.M.'s stories, & have to rinse my mind -- in Dryden? Still, if she were not so clever she coudn't be so disagreeable...Virginia Woolf Katherine MansfieldstoriesPrint: Unknown
1900-1945Monday 6 February 1922: 'What a sprightly journalist Clive Bell is! I have just read him, & see how my sentences would have to be clipped to march in time with his.'Virginia Woolf Clive Bell[journalism] Unknown
1900-1945Tuesday 14 February 1922: 'I am reading [in convalescence, following week of illness] Moby Dick: Princesse de Cleves; Lord Salisbury; Old Mortality; Small Talk at Wreylan...Virginia Woolf Herman MelvilleMoby DickPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 14 February 1922: 'I am reading [in convalescence, following week of illness] Moby Dick: Princesse de Cleves; Lord Salisbury; Old Mortality; Small Talk at Wreylan...Virginia Woolf Madame de La FayetteLa Princesse de ClevesPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 14 February 1922: 'I am reading [in convalescence, following week of illness] Moby Dick: Princesse de Cleves; Lord Salisbury; Old Mortality; Small Talk at Wreylan...Virginia Woolf Walter ScottOld MortalityPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 14 February 1922: 'I am reading [in convalescence, following week of illness] Moby Dick: Princesse de Cleves; Lord Salisbury; Old Mortality; Small Talk at Wreylan...Virginia Woolf Lady Gwendolyn CecilThe Life of Robert, Marquis of SalisburyPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 14 February 1922: 'I am reading [in convalescence, following week of illness] Moby Dick: Princesse de Cleves; Lord Salisbury; Old Mortality; Small Talk at Wreylan...Virginia Woolf Cecil TorrSmall Talk at Wreyland (vol 1 and/or 2)Print: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 14 February 1922: 'I am reading [in convalescence, following week of illness] Moby Dick: Princesse de Cleves; Lord Salisbury; Old Mortality; Small Talk at Wreylan...Virginia Woolf unknownLife of TennysonPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 14 February 1922: 'I am reading [in convalescence, following week of illness] Moby Dick: Princesse de Cleves; Lord Salisbury; Old Mortality; Small Talk at Wreylan...Virginia Woolf unknownLife of [?Samuel] JohnsonPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 15 February 1922: 'Of my reading I will now try to make some note. 'First Peacock; Nightmare Abbey, & Crotchet Castle. Both are so much better than I rem...Virginia Woolf Thomas Love PeacockNightmare AbbeyPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 15 February 1922: 'Of my reading I will now try to make some note. 'First Peacock; Nightmare Abbey, & Crotchet Castle. Both are so much better than I rem...Virginia Woolf Thomas Love PeacockCrotchet CastlePrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 15 February 1922: 'Of my reading I will now try to make some note. 'First Peacock; Nightmare Abbey, & Crotchet Castle. Both are so much better than I rem...Virginia Woolf Walter ScottOld MortalityPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 18 February 1922: 'According to the papers, the cost of living is now I dont know how much lower than last year [...] You cant question Nelly [Woolf's cook] much...Virginia Woolf George Gordon, Lord ByronLord Byron's CorrespondencePrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 18 February 1922: 'I want to read Byron's Letters, but I must go on with La Princesse de Cleves. This masterpiece has long been on my conscience. Me to talk of f...Virginia Woolf Madame de la FayetteLa Princesse de ClevesPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 18 February 1922: 'Within the last few minutes I have skimmed the reviews in the New Statesman; between coffee & cigarette I read the Nation: now the best brains...Virginia Woolf The New StatesmanPrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945Saturday 18 February 1922: 'Within the last few minutes I have skimmed the reviews in the New Statesman; between coffee & cigarette I read the Nation: now the best brains...Virginia Woolf The NationPrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'And the book came. And I've read one or two of the new ones. And I liked them yes - I liked the one to Enid Bagnold; and I think I see how you may develop differently....Virginia Woolf Vita Sackville-WestCollected PoemsUnknown
1900-1945'I'm reading an Oxford undergraduate ms novel, and his hero says "Do you know these lines from The Land, the finest poem, by far the finest of our living poets -" but for...Virginia Woolf unknown[ms novel]Manuscript: Codex
1900-1945Tuesday 31 August 1920: 'Finished Sophocles this morning -- read mostly at Asheham.'Virginia Woolf Sophocles unknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 5 December 1920: 'My brain is tired of reading Coleridge. Why do I read Coleridge? It is partly the result of Eliot [i.e. The Sacred Wood] whom I've not read; but ...Virginia Woolf Samuel Taylor ColeridgeunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 10 August 1921: 'I may well ask, what is truth? And I cant ask it in my natural tones, since my lips are wet with Edmund Gosse. How often have I said that I wou...Virginia Woolf Edmund GosseBooks on the TablePrint: Book
1900-1945[Following transcription of two substantial paragraphs, in which Leigh Hunt describes Coleridge] '[this] is all I can take the trouble to quote from Leigh Hunt's memoirs ...Virginia Woolf Leigh HuntThe Autobiography of Leigh HuntPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 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...Virginia Woolf James JoyceUlyssesPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 7 September 1922: 'L[eonard]. put into my hands a very intelligent review of Ulysses, in the American Nation, which, for the first time, analyses the meaning, & ...Virginia Woolf Gilbert SeldesReview of James Joyce, UlyssesPrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945Wednesday 6 September 1922: 'I finished Ulysses, & think it a mis-fire. Genius it has I think; but of the inferior water. The book is diffuse. It is brackish. It is prete...Virginia Woolf James JoyceUlyssesPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 17 March 1923: 'Written, for a wonder, at 10 o'clock at night [...] my brain saturated with the Silent Woman. I am reading her because we now read plays at 46 [G...Virginia Woolf Ben JonsonEpicoene, or The Silent WomanPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 30 Auguust: 'My goodness, the wind! Last night we looked at the meadow trees, flinging about [...] I read such a white dimity rice puddingy chapter of Mrs Gaskel...Virginia Woolf Elizabeth GaskellWives and DaughtersPrint: Book
1900-1945Monday 21 December 1925: 'I read her [Vita Sackville-West's] poem; which is more compact, better seen & felt than anything yet of hers.'Virginia Woolf Vita Sackville-WestOn the LakeUnknown
1900-1945Saturday 27 February 1926: 'Mrs. Webb's book has made me think a little what I could say of my own life. I read some of 1923 this morning, being headachy again'.Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf1923 diaryManuscript: Unknown
1900-1945Saturday 27 February 1926: 'Mrs. Webb's book has made me think a little what I could say of my own life. I read some of 1923 this morning, being headachy again'.Virginia Woolf Beatrice WebbMy ApprenticeshipPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 24 March 1926: 'These disjointed reflections I scribble on a divine, if gusty, day; being about, after reading Anna Karenina, to dine at a pot-house with Rose M...Virginia Woolf Leo TolstoyAnna KareninaPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 1 July: '[in library of Robert Bridges, during visit to Morrell family at Garsington] I asked to see the Hopkins manuscripts; & sat looking at them with that gig...Virginia Woolf Gerard Manley Hopkins[manuscripts]Manuscript: Unknown
1900-1945'Owing to his giving me the books, am now reading C by M. Baring. I am surprised to find it as good as it is. But how good is it? Easy to say it is not a great book. But ...Virginia Woolf Maurice BaringCPrint: Book
1900-1945'I've been walking on the marsh and found a swan sitting in a Saxon grave. This made me think of you. Then I came back and read about Leonardo - Kenneth Clark - good I ...Virginia Woolf Kenneth ClarkunknownUnknown
1900-1945'I've not read it (and I dont suppose you'd care a damn to know what I thought, if I thought about it considered as a work of art - or would you?) - but I dipped in and r...Virginia Woolf Vita Sackville-WestCountry NotesPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 31 July [entry headed 'My Own Brain,' and beginning 'Here is a whole nervous breakdown in miniature']: 'A desire to read poetry set in on Friday. This brings bac...Virginia Woolf Robert BridgesunknownPrint: Unknown
1900-1945Saturday 31 July [entry headed 'My Own Brain,' and beginning 'Here is a whole nervous breakdown in miniature']: 'A desire to read poetry set in on Friday. This brings bac...Virginia Woolf Dante AlighieriunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 28 September 1926: 'Intense depression: I have to confess that this has overcome me several times since September 6th [...] Somehow, my reading had lapsed [...] O...Virginia Woolf Geoffrey ScottThe Architecture of Humanism. A Study in the Histo...Print: Book
1900-1945Saturday 12 February 1927: 'Vita's prose is too fluent. I've been reading it, & it makes my pen run. When I've read a classic, I am curbed & -- not castrated; no, the opp...Virginia Woolf V. Sackville-WestPassenger to TeheranPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 18 June 1927: 'I read -- any trash. Maurice Baring; sporting memoirs.'Virginia Woolf Maurice BaringunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 18 June 1927: 'I read -- any trash. Maurice Baring; sporting memoirs.'Virginia Woolf unknown'sporting memoirs'Print: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 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;...Virginia Woolf Notice of death of the Hon. Philip Charles Thomson...Print: Newspaper
1900-1945Tuesday 24 April 1928: 'I was reading Othello last night, & was impressed by the volley & volume & tumble of his words: too many I should say, were I reviewing for the Ti...Virginia Woolf William ShakespeareOthelloPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 24 April 1928: 'I was reading Othello last night, & was impressed by the volley & volume & tumble of his words: too many I should say, were I reviewing for the Ti...Virginia Woolf unknownFrench textsPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 25 November 1928: 'I took Essex & Eth (Lytton's) down [to Rodmell] to read, & Lord forgive me! -- find it a poor book. I have not finished it, and am keeping it to...Virginia Woolf Lytton StracheyElizabeth and EssexUnknown
1900-1945Monday 2 September 1929: 'I have just read a page or two out of Samuel Butler's notebooks to take the taste of Alice Meynell's life out of my mouth. One rather craves bri...Virginia Woolf Samuel ButlerNotebooksPrint: Book
1900-1945Monday 2 September 1929: 'I have just read a page or two out of Samuel Butler's notebooks to take the taste of Alice Meynell's life out of my mouth. One rather craves bri...Virginia Woolf Viola MeynellAlice Meynell. A MemoirPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 23 October 1929: 'Since I have been back [apparently to London, from Sussex home] I have read Virginia Water (a sweet white grape); God; -- all founded, & tease...Virginia Woolf Elizabeth JenkinsVirginia WaterPrint: Book
1900-1945'V[irginia] W[oolf] made notes (see Holograph Reading Notes, vols XI and XII in the Berg Collection) on George Puttenham's The Arte of English Poesie (1589); on William W...Virginia Woolf George PuttenhamThe Arte of English PoesiePrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 23 October 1929: 'Since I have been back [apparently to London, from Sussex home] I have read Virginia Water (a sweet white grape); God; -- all founded, & tease...Virginia Woolf John Middleton MurryGod: an Introduction to the Science of MetabiologyPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 23 October 1929: 'Since I have been back [apparently to London, from Sussex home] I have read Virginia Water (a sweet white grape); God; -- all founded, & tease...Virginia Woolf Jean Racine Print: Book
1900-1945Monday 18 November 1929: '[following argument with cook] My mind is like a gum when an aching tooth has been drawn. I am having a holiday -- reading old Birrell'.Virginia Woolf Augustine Biirrell?Collected Essays, 1880-1920Print: Book
1900-1945'V[irginia] W[oolf] made notes (see Holograph Reading Notes, vols XI and XII in the Berg Collection) on George Puttenham's The Arte of English Poesie (1589); on William W...Virginia Woolf William WebbeA Discourse of English PoetriePrint: Book
1900-1945'V[irginia] W[oolf] made notes (see Holograph Reading Notes, vols XI and XII in the Berg Collection) on George Puttenham's The Arte of English Poesie (1589); on William W...Virginia Woolf Gabriel HarveyWorksPrint: Book
1900-1945'V[irginia] W[oolf] made notes (see Holograph Reading Notes, vols XI and XII in the Berg Collection) on George Puttenham's The Arte of English Poesie (1589); on William W...Virginia Woolf Gabriel HarveyCommonplace BookPrint: Book
1900-1945'V[irginia] W[oolf] made notes (see Holograph Reading Notes, vols XI and XII in the Berg Collection) on George Puttenham's The Arte of English Poesie (1589); on William W...Virginia Woolf Gabriel HarveyLetter Book, 1573-1580Print: Book
1900-1945Sunday 26 January 1930: 'We have been at Rodmell [...] At night I read Lord Chaplin's life.'Virginia Woolf 'Lord Chaplin's life'Print: Book
1900-1945Monday 3 March 1930: 'Rodmell again [...] Suppose health were shown on a thermometer I have gone up 10 degrees since yesterday, when I lay, mumbling the bones of Dodo: if...Virginia Woolf E. F. BensonDodoPrint: Book
1900-1945Monday 3 March 1930: 'Molly Hamilton writes a d----d bad novel. She has the wits to construct a method of telling a story; & then heaps it with the dreariest, most confus...Virginia Woolf Molly HamiltonunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 20 August 1930: 'I am reading Dante, & I say, yes, this makes all writing unnecessary [...] I read the Inferno for half an hour at the end of my own page [of cu...Virginia Woolf Dante AlighieriInfernoPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 28 August 1930: 'I am reading R. Lehmann, with some interest & admiration -- she has a clear hard mind, beating up now & again to poetry; but I am as usual appal...Virginia Woolf Rosamund LehmannA Note in MusicPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 24 September 1930: 'I am reading Dante; & my present view of reading is to elongate immensely. I take a week over one canto. No hurry.'Virginia Woolf Dante AlighieriLa Divina CommediaPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 27 December 1930: 'We came down [to Rodmell] on Tuesday, & next day my cold was the usual influenza, & I am in bed with the usual temperature [...] I moon torpid...Virginia Woolf Daniel DefoeA Tour through the Whole Island of Great BritainPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 27 December 1930: 'We came down [to Rodmell] on Tuesday, & next day my cold was the usual influenza, & I am in bed with the usual temperature [...] I moon torpid...Virginia Woolf Archibald Hamilton RowanThe Autobiography of Archibald Hamilton RowanPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 27 December 1930: 'We came down [to Rodmell] on Tuesday, & next day my cold was the usual influenza, & I am in bed with the usual temperature [...] I moon torpid...Virginia Woolf E. F. BensonAs We Were: A Victorian Peep-ShowPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 27 December 1930: 'We came down [to Rodmell] on Tuesday, & next day my cold was the usual influenza, & I am in bed with the usual temperature [...] I moon torpid...Virginia Woolf James JeansunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 27 December 1930: 'We came down [to Rodmell] on Tuesday, & next day my cold was the usual influenza, & I am in bed with the usual temperature [...] I moon torpid...Virginia Woolf The Rev. John SkinnerThe Journal of a Somerset RectorPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 27 December 1930: 'We came down [to Rodmell] on Tuesday, & next day my cold was the usual influenza, & I am in bed with the usual temperature [...] I moon torpid...Virginia Woolf Queen VictoriaLettersPrint: Book
1900-1945Monday 20 April 1931: 'Arrived [at La Rochelle] at 7.30 -- so quick one drives: I forgot our 2 punctures. One at Thouart [Thouars]; kept us, as the man did not mend it wh...Virginia Woolf D. H. LawrenceSons and LoversPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 28 May 1931: 'Disappointed, reading lightly through, by The man who died, D.H.L.'s last. Reading Sons and Lovers first, then the last I seem to span the measure ...Virginia Woolf D. H. LawrenceThe Man Who DiedPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 7 July 1931: 'I am reading Don Juan; & dispatch a biography every two days.'Virginia Woolf George Gordon, Lord ByronDon JuanPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 7 July 1931: 'I am reading Don Juan; & dispatch a biography every two days.'Virginia Woolf unknownbiographiesPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 1 September 1931: 'And so a few days of bed & headache & overpowering sleep, sleep descending inexorable as I tried to read Judith Paris, then Ivanhoe. A note on ...Virginia Woolf Hugh WalpoleJudith ParisPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 1 September 1931: 'And so a few days of bed & headache & overpowering sleep, sleep descending inexorable as I tried to read Judith Paris, then Ivanhoe. A note on ...Virginia Woolf Walter ScottIvanhoePrint: Book
1900-194525 December 1931: 'After writing the last page, Nov. 16th, I could not go on writing without a perpetual headache; & so took a month lying down; have not written a line; ...Virginia Woolf GoetheFaustPrint: Book
1900-194525 December 1931: 'After writing the last page, Nov. 16th, I could not go on writing without a perpetual headache; & so took a month lying down; have not written a line; ...Virginia Woolf Benjamin DisraeliConingsbyPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 2 February 1932: 'I am reading Wells' science of life, & have reached the hen that became a cock or vice versa.'Virginia Woolf H. G. WellsThe Science of LifePrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 11 February 1932: 'My mind is set running upon A Knock on the Door (whats its name?) owing largely to reading "Wells on Woman" -- how she must be ancillary & dec...Virginia Woolf H. G. WellsThe Work, Wealth, and Happiness of MankindPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 8 May 1932: 'I've scarcely read [on holiday in Greece] [...] only Roger's Eastman, & Wells, & Murry.'Virginia Woolf Max EastmanThe Literary Mind: Its Place in an Age of SciencePrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 8 May 1932: 'I've scarcely read [on holiday in Greece] [...] only Roger's Eastman, & Wells, & Murry.'Virginia Woolf H. G. WellsunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 8 May 1932: 'I've scarcely read [on holiday in Greece] [...] only Roger's Eastman, & Wells, & Murry.'Virginia Woolf John Middleton MurryunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 11 May: 'again this heroism in the attempt at pen & ink: but I am tired of reading Rousseau: it is 6 o'clock [...] we are shaking & rattling through Lombardy to...Virginia Woolf Jean-Jacques RousseauunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945In Diary of Virginia Woolf, facing page on which entry for 20 August 1932 and beginning of entry for 2 September written: 'Reading this August: Souvenirs de Tocquev...Virginia Woolf Alexis de TocquevilleSouvenirsPrint: Book
1900-1945In Diary of Virginia Woolf, facing page on which entry for 20 August 1932 and beginning of entry for 2 September written: 'Reading this August: Souvenirs de Tocquev...Virginia Woolf Lord KilbrackenReminiscencesPrint: Book
1900-1945In Diary of Virginia Woolf, facing page on which entry for 20 August 1932 and beginning of entry for 2 September written: 'Reading this August: Souvenirs de Tocquev...Virginia Woolf George Bernard ShawPen Portraits and ReviewsPrint: Book
1900-1945In Diary of Virginia Woolf, facing page on which entry for 20 August 1932 and beginning of entry for 2 September written: 'Reading this August: Souvenirs de Tocquev...Virginia Woolf Douglas AinslieAdventures Social and LiteraryPrint: Book
1900-1945In Diary of Virginia Woolf, facing page on which entry for 20 August 1932 and beginning of entry for 2 September written: 'Reading this August: Souvenirs de Tocquev...Virginia Woolf V. Sackville-West'novel'Print: Book
1900-1945In Diary of Virginia Woolf, facing page on which entry for 20 August 1932 and beginning of entry for 2 September written: 'Reading this August: Souvenirs de Tocquev...Virginia Woolf Samuel Taylor ColeridgepoemsPrint: Book
1900-1945In Diary of Virginia Woolf, facing page on which entry for 20 August 1932 and beginning of entry for 2 September written: 'Reading this August: Souvenirs de Tocquev...Virginia Woolf Samuel Taylor ColeridgelettersPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 2 October 1932: 'I am [...] reading DHL. with the usual sense of frustration. Not that he & I have too much in common -- the same pressure to be ourselves: so that...Virginia Woolf D. H. LawrenceThe Letters of D. H. LawrencePrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 13 July 1932: 'Old Joseph Wright & Lizzie Wright are people I respect. Indeed I do hope the 2nd vol. will come this morning. He was a maker of dialect dixeries:...Virginia Woolf Elizabeth WrightThe Life of Joseph Wright (vol 1)Print: Book
1900-1945Sunday 15 January 1933: 'I am reading Parnell.'Virginia Woolf R. Barry O'BrienThe Life of Charles Stuart ParnellPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 14 May 1933: 'I am reading -- skipping -- the Sacred Fount [by Henry James] -- about the most inappropriate of all books for this din -- sitting by the open window...Virginia Woolf Henry JamesThe Sacred FountPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 21 May 1933: 'Tonight sitting at the open window of a secondrate inn in Draguignan [...] I dip into Creevey; L[eonard]. into Golden Bough.'Virginia Woolf Thomas CreeveyThe Creevey PapersPrint: Book
1900-1945Monday 26 June 1933: 'The present moment. 7 o'clock on June 26th: [...] I after reading Henry 4 Pt one saying whats the use of writing; reading, imperfectly, a poem by Le...Virginia Woolf William ShakespeareHenry IV Part 1Print: Book
1900-1945Monday 26 June 1933: 'The present moment. 7 o'clock on June 26th: [...] I after reading Henry 4 Pt one saying whats the use of writing; reading, imperfectly, a poem by Le...Virginia Woolf Leopardi[poem]Print: Book
1900-1945Friday 7 July 1933: 'Being headachy [...] I have spent the whole morning reading old diaries, and am now (10 to 1) much refreshed. This is by way of justifying these many...Virginia Woolf Virginia WoolfdiariesManuscript: Unknown
1900-1945Wednesday 26 July 1933: 'When I cant write of a morning -- as now -- I try to tune myself on other books: couldnt settle on any save T. Hardy's life just now. Rather to m...Virginia Woolf Florence HardyLife of Thomas HardyPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 12 August 1933: 'I've been reading Faber on Newman; compared his account of a nervous breakdown; the refusal of some part of the mechanism; is that what happens ...Virginia Woolf Geoffrey Cust FaberA Character Study of the Oxford MovementPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 16 August 1933: 'I want to discuss Form, having been reading Turgenev [goes on to make remarks on this topic]'.Virginia Woolf TurgenevunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 24 August 1933: 'I have spent the morning reading the Confessions of Arsene Houssaye left here yesterday by Clive [Bell].' Virginia Woolf Arsene HoussayeConfessionsPrint: Book
1900-1945Satirday 2 September 1933: 'I am reading with extreme greed a book by Vera Britain [sic], called The Testament of Youth. Not that I much like her. A stringy metallic mind...Virginia Woolf Vera BrittainTestament of YouthPrint: Book
1900-194523 September 1933: 'I am reading Margot [Oxford] -- "V W our greatest English authoress;" Molly Hamilton on Webbs: & Turgenev.'Virginia Woolf Margot OxfordMore MemoriesPrint: Book
1900-194523 September 1933: 'I am reading Margot [Oxford] -- "V W our greatest English authoress;" Molly Hamilton on Webbs: & Turgenev.'Virginia Woolf Mary Agnes HamiltonSidney and Beatrice WebbPrint: Book
1900-19455 October 1933: 'I spent yesterday in bed; headache; infinite weariness up my back; clouds forming in my neck; half asleep; through the rift reading Steen (author of Stal...Virginia Woolf Marguerite SteenHugh Walpole: A StudyPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 7 December 1933: 'I was walking through Leicester Sqre -- how far from China -- just now when I read Death of noted Novelist on the poster. And I thought of Hugh...Virginia Woolf announcement of death of Stella BensonPrint: Poster
1900-1945Tuesday 16 January: 'I have let all this time -- 3 weeks at Monks [House, Sussex residence] -- slip because I was there so divinely happy & pressed with ideas [...] So I ...Virginia Woolf Andrew MarvellunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 30 January 1934: 'Yesterday I went to Shapland about my watch bracelet [...] came back; sat; talked; Julian [Bell, nephew] came to tea; read Young;s French travel...Virginia Woolf Arthur YoungTravels in France during the Years 1787, 1788, and...Print: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 14 February: '10 days recumbent [with headache], sleeping, dreaming, dipping into oh dear how many different books, how capriciously: Thackeray, Young's travels...Virginia Woolf Arthur YoungTravels in France during the Years 1787, 1788, and...Print: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 14 February: '10 days recumbent [with headache], sleeping, dreaming, dipping into oh dear how many different books, how capriciously: Thackeray, Young's travels...Virginia Woolf Arthur YoungTravels in France during the Years 1787, 1788, and...Print: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 14 February: '10 days recumbent [with headache], sleeping, dreaming, dipping into oh dear how many different books, how capriciously: Thackeray, Young's travels...Virginia Woolf William Makepeace ThackerayunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 14 February: '10 days recumbent [with headache], sleeping, dreaming, dipping into oh dear how many different books, how capriciously: Thackeray, Young's travels...Virginia Woolf Lord BernersFirst ChildhoodPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 14 February: '10 days recumbent [with headache], sleeping, dreaming, dipping into oh dear how many different books, how capriciously: Thackeray, Young's travels...Virginia Woolf Ernest de SelincourtDorothy WordsworthPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 14 February: '10 days recumbent [with headache], sleeping, dreaming, dipping into oh dear how many different books, how capriciously: Thackeray, Young's travels...Virginia Woolf J. E. NealeQueen ElizabethPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 21 July 1934: 'I am reading Sh[akespea]re plays the fag end of the morning. Have read, Pericles, Titus Andronicus, & Coriolanus.'Virginia Woolf William ShakespearePericlesPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 21 July 1934: 'I am reading Sh[akespea]re plays the fag end of the morning. Have read, Pericles, Titus Andronicus, & Coriolanus.'Virginia Woolf William ShakespeareTitus AndronicusPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 21 July 1934: 'I am reading Sh[akespea]re plays the fag end of the morning. Have read, Pericles, Titus Andronicus, & Coriolanus.'Virginia Woolf William ShakespeareCoriolanusPrint: Book
1900-1945'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,...Virginia Woolf T. S. EliotThe Rock. A Pageant PlayPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 21 August 1934: 'I read Une Vie last night, & it seemed to me rather marking time & watery -- heaven help me -- in comparison [to last chapter of own work in prog...Virginia Woolf Guy de MaupassantUne ViePrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 30 August 1934: 'No letters at all this summer. But there will be many next year, I predict. And I dont mind; the day, yesterday to be exact, being so triumphant...Virginia Woolf Ex-Detective Sergeant B. LeesonLost London. The Memoirs of an East End DetectivePrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 30 August 1934: 'No letters at all this summer. But there will be many next year, I predict. And I dont mind; the day, yesterday to be exact, being so triumphant...Virginia Woolf Saint-SimonMemoirsPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 30 August 1934: 'No letters at all this summer. But there will be many next year, I predict. And I dont mind; the day, yesterday to be exact, being so triumphant...Virginia Woolf Henry JamesPreface, Portrait of a LadyPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 30 August 1934: 'No letters at all this summer. But there will be many next year, I predict. And I dont mind; the day, yesterday to be exact, being so triumphant...Virginia Woolf Andre GidePages de Journal, 1929-1932Print: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 2 October 1934: 'Books read or in reading [over summer 1934]: Sh[akespea]re. Troilus. Pericles. Taming of Shr...Virginia Woolf William ShakespeareTroilus and CressidaPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 2 October 1934: 'Books read or in reading [over summer 1934]: Sh[akespea]re. Troilus. Pericles. Taming of Shr...Virginia Woolf William ShakespearePericlesPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 2 October 1934: 'Books read or in reading [over summer 1934]: Sh[akespea]re. Troilus. Pericles. Taming of Shr...Virginia Woolf William ShakespeareThe Taming of the ShrewPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 2 October 1934: 'Books read or in reading [over summer 1934]: Sh[akespea]re. Troilus. Pericles. Taming of Shr...Virginia Woolf William ShakespeareCymbelinePrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 2 October 1934: 'Books read or in reading [over summer 1934]: Sh[akespea]re. Troilus. Pericles. Taming of Shr...Virginia Woolf Guy de MaupassantunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 2 October 1934: 'Books read or in reading [over summer 1934]: Sh[akespea]re. Troilus. Pericles. Taming of Shr...Virginia Woolf Charles de VignyunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 2 October 1934: 'Books read or in reading [over summer 1934]: Sh[akespea]re. Troilus. Pericles. Taming of Shr...Virginia Woolf Saint-SimonMemoirsPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 2 October 1934: 'Books read or in reading [over summer 1934]: Sh[akespea]re. Troilus. Pericles. Taming of Shr...Virginia Woolf Andre GideunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 2 October 1934: 'Books read or in reading [over summer 1934]: Sh[akespea]re. Troilus. Pericles. Taming of Shr...Virginia Woolf John Cowper PowysAutobiographyPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 2 October 1934: 'Books read or in reading [over summer 1934]: Sh[akespea]re. Troilus. Pericles. Taming of Shr...Virginia Woolf H. G. WellsExperiment in AutobiographyPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 2 October 1934: 'Books read or in reading [over summer 1934]: Sh[akespea]re. Troilus. Pericles. Taming of Shr...Virginia Woolf Sylvia Leonora Brook, Ranee of SarawakGood Morning and Good NightPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 2 October 1934: 'Books read or in reading [over summer 1934]: Sh[akespea]re. Troilus. Pericles. Taming of Shr...Virginia Woolf Bonamy DobreeModern Prose StylePrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 2 October 1934: 'Books read or in reading [over summer 1934]: Sh[akespea]re. Troilus. Pericles. Taming of Shr...Virginia Woolf Alice JamesAlice James: Her Brothers -- Her JournalPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 14 October 1934: 'I cant write. When will my brain revive? in 10 days I think. And it can read admirably. I began [Thomson's] The Seasons last night; after Eddie [...Virginia Woolf James ThomsonThe SeasonsPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 14 October 1934: 'I cant write. When will my brain revive? in 10 days I think. And it can read admirably. I began [Thomson's] The Seasons last night; after Eddie [...Virginia Woolf Edward Sackville-WestThe Sun in CapricornPrint: Book
1900-1945Monday 15 October 1934, during period of depression: 'I am as slack as a piece of macaroni: & in this state cant shake off a blackness, a blankness. Now (10 to 1) after w...Virginia Woolf unknownlife of James BoswellPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 17 October 1934: 'I am so sleepy. Is this age? I cant shake it off. And so gloomy. Thats [writing] the end of the book [The Years]. I looked up past diaries -- ...Virginia Woolf Virginia WoolfdiariesManuscript: Unknown
1900-1945Monday 29 October 1934: 'Reading Antigone. How powerful that spell is still -- Greek. Thank heaven I learnt it young -- an emotion different from any other.' ...Virginia Woolf Sophocles AntigonePrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 21 November 1934: 'I am reading, with interest & distaste, Wells'. Virginia Woolf H. G. WellsExperiment in AutobiographyPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 1 January 1935: 'I had a lovely old years walk yesterday [...] & then in to Lewes to take the car to Martins [garage], & then home, & read St Paul & the papers [....Virginia Woolf Ernest RenanSt PaulPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 1 January 1935: 'I had a lovely old years walk yesterday [...] & then in to Lewes to take the car to Martins [garage], & then home, & read St Paul & the papers [....Virginia Woolf newspapersPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945Tuesday 1 January 1935: 'I had a lovely old years walk yesterday [...] & then in to Lewes to take the car to Martins [garage], & then home, & read St Paul & the papers [....Virginia Woolf Acts of the ApostlesPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 23 January 1935: 'I am reading the Faery Queen [sic] -- with delight. I shall write about it.'Virginia Woolf Edmund SpenserThe Faerie QueenePrint: Book
1900-1945Monday 11 March 1935: 'I am reading Chateaubriand; & to my joy find I can read an Italian novel for pleasure, currently, easily.'Virginia Woolf ChateaubriandunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Monday 11 March 1935: 'I am reading Chateaubriand; & to my joy find I can read an Italian novel for pleasure, currently, easily.'Virginia Woolf unknown'Italian novel'Print: Book
1900-1945Sunday 14 April 1935: 'Now for Alfieri & Nash & other notables: so happy I was reading alone last night [...] I read Annie S. Swan on her life with considerable respect. ...Virginia Woolf Vittorio AlfieriunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 14 April 1935: 'Now for Alfieri & Nash & other notables: so happy I was reading alone last night [...] I read Annie S. Swan on her life with considerable respect. ...Virginia Woolf John SummersonJohn Nash, Architect to King George IVPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 14 April 1935: 'Now for Alfieri & Nash & other notables: so happy I was reading alone last night [...] I read Annie S. Swan on her life with considerable respect. ...Virginia Woolf Annie S. SwanMy LifePrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 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...Virginia Woolf Stephen SpenderThe Destructive ElementPrint: Book
1900-1945'Belchamber (1904) by Howard ("Howdie") Overing Sturgis (1855-1920), a prosperous American expatriate, has for its principal character "Sainty" -- the Marquis and Earl of...Virginia Woolf Howard Overing SturgisBelchamberPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 9 May 1935: 'Sitting in the sun outside the German Customs. A car with the swastika on the back window has just passed into Germany. L[eonard]. is in the customs...Virginia Woolf D. H. LawrenceAaron's RodPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 26 May 1935: 'I'm writing at Aix-en-Provence on a Sunday evening [...] I'm dipping into K.M.'s letters, Stendhal on Rome [...] Cant formulate a phrase for K.M. All...Virginia Woolf Katherine MansfieldThe Letters of Katherine MansfieldPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 26 May 1935: 'I'm writing at Aix-en-Provence on a Sunday evening [...] I'm dipping into K.M.'s letters, Stendhal on Rome [...] Cant formulate a phrase for K.M. All...Virginia Woolf Stendhal 'on Rome'Print: Book
1900-1945Friday 31 May 1935: 'Some good German woman sends a pamphlet on me, into which I couldnt resist looking, though nothing so much upsets & demoralises as this looking at on...Virginia Woolf Ruth GruberVirginia Woolf: A StudyPrint: Pamphlet
1900-1945[?] Sunday 29 September 1935: 'Yesterday I [...] read the Lovers Melancholy & skimmed the top of the words; & want to go on reading things miles away -- beautiful hard wo...Virginia Woolf John FordThe Lover's MelancholyPrint: Book
1900-1945[?] Sunday 29 September 1935: 'Yesterday I [...] read the Lovers Melancholy & skimmed the top of the words; & want to go on reading things miles away -- beautiful hard wo...Virginia Woolf Mrs EasdaleMiddle Age: 1885-1932Print: Book
1900-1945Thursday 29 August 1935: 'Reading Miss Mole, Abbe Dunnet (good), an occasional bite at Hind & Panther'.Virginia Woolf Emily Hilda YoungMiss MolePrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 29 August 1935: 'Reading Miss Mole, Abbe Dunnet (good), an occasional bite at Hind & Panther'.Virginia Woolf Abbe DunnetunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 29 August 1935: 'Reading Miss Mole, Abbe Dunnet (good), an occasional bite at Hind & Panther'.Virginia Woolf John DrydenThe Hind and the PantherPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 31 August 1935: 'Read Hind & Panther. D.H.L. by E. (good) & slept.'Virginia Woolf John DrydenThe Hind and the PantherPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 31 August 1935: 'Read Hind & Panther. D.H.L. by E. (good) & slept.'Virginia Woolf Jessie ChambersD. H. Lawrence: A Personal RecordPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 7 September 1935: 'A heavenly quiet morning reading Alfieri by the open window & not smoking [...] I've stopped 2 days now The Years [novel in progress]:& feel t...Virginia Woolf John BaileyJohn Bailey, 1864-1931, Letters and DiariesPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 7 September 1935: 'A heavenly quiet morning reading Alfieri by the open window & not smoking [...] I've stopped 2 days now The Years [novel in progress]:& feel t...Virginia Woolf Vittorio AlfieriunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Friday 13 September 1935: 'Reading Love for Love, Life of Anthony Hope, &c.'Virginia Woolf William CongreveLove for LovePrint: Book
1900-1945Friday 13 September 1935: 'Reading Love for Love, Life of Anthony Hope, &c.'Virginia Woolf Sir Charles MallettAnthony Hope and His BooksPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 10 September 1918: 'Though I am not the only person in Sussex who reads Milton, I mean to write down my impressions of Paradise Lost [...] Impressions fairly well...Virginia Woolf John MiltonParadise LostPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 20 April 1919: 'In the idleness which succeeds [writing] any long article [...] I got out this diary, & read as one always does read one's own writing, with a kind...Virginia Woolf Virginia WoolfDiaryManuscript: Codex
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Thursday 12 September 1919: 'Writing has been done under difficulties. I was making way with my new experiment, when I came up against Sir Thomas Browne, & found I hadn't...Virginia Woolf Sir Thomas BrowneunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 21 September 1919: 'By paying 5/ I have become a member of the Lewes public library. It is an amusing place -- full of old ghosts; books half way to decomposition ...Virginia Woolf Mrs Humphry WardA Writer's RecollectionsPrint: Book
1900-1945'A Writer's Recollections, by Mrs Humphry Ward, had been published in the autumn of 1918. V[irginia] W[oolf] had read it then'. Virginia Woolf Mrs Humphry WardA Writer's RecollectionsPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 28 December 1919, following illness with influenza: 'I've read two vast volumes of the Life of Butler; & am racing through Greville Memoirs -- both superbly fit fo...Virginia Woolf Henry Festing JonesSamuel Butler, Author of Erewhon (1835-1902): A Me...Print: Book
1900-1945Sunday 28 December 1919, following illness with influenza: 'I've read two vast volumes of the Life of Butler; & am racing through Greville Memoirs -- both superbly fit fo...Virginia Woolf Charles GrevilleMemoirsPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 5 January 1936: 'My head is quiet today, soothed by reading the Trumpet Major last night'.Virginia Woolf Thomas HardyThe Trumpet-MajorPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 11 January 1936: 'A very fine day [...] I read Borrow's Wild Wales, into which I can plunge head foremost [...] then [...] to tea with Nessa [sister] [...] Home, &...Virginia Woolf George BorrowWild WalesPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 11 January 1936: 'A very fine day [...] I read Borrow's Wild Wales, into which I can plunge head foremost [...] then [...] to tea with Nessa [sister] [...] Home, &...Virginia Woolf Harry J. GreenwallThe Strange Life of Willy ClarksonPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 25 February 1936: 'I've had headaches. Vanquish them by lying still & binding books & reading D. Copperfield.' Virginia Woolf Charles DickensDavid CopperfieldPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 29 February 1936: 'I read Quennel [sic] on Byron: dont like that young mans clever agile thin blooded mind'.Virginia Woolf Peter QuennellByron. The Years of FamePrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 21 June 1936, during composition of The Years: 'A very strange, most remarkable summer [...] I am learning my craft in the most fierce conditions. Really reading F...Virginia Woolf Gustave FlaubertlettersPrint: Book
1900-1945Friday 27 November 1936: 'Dined alone, read Sir T. Browne's letters.'Virginia Woolf Sir Thomas BrownelettersPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 24 February 1937: 'Started reading French again: Misanthrope & Colette's memoirs given me last summer by Janie [Jane-Simone Bussy]: when I was in the dismal dro...Virginia Woolf Colette Mes ApprentisagesPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 24 February 1937: 'Started reading French again: Misanthrope & Colette's memoirs given me last summer by Janie [Jane-Simone Bussy]: when I was in the dismal dro...Virginia Woolf Moliere Le MisanthropePrint: Book
1900-1945Monday 8 March 1937: 'What I noticed on the walk to Cockfosters [on 6 March] were: [records various observations] [...] then the tramps [...] The middle aged woman was tr...Virginia Woolf Leo TolstoyWhat Then Must We Do?Print: Book
1900-1945Friday 19 March 1937: '"They" say almost universally that The Years is a masterpiece [...] The praise chorus began yesterday: by the way I was walking in Covent Garden & ...Virginia Woolf Howard Springreview of Virginia Woolf, The YearsPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945Sunday 4 April 1937: 'Reading Balzac with great pleasure. Novel reading power is coming back.'Virginia Woolf Honore de BalzacunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 25 May 1937, in account of travels in France, 7-23 May 1937: 'At Rodez the best hotel in the world [...] Reading Elle et Lui, a very good best seller [by George S...Virginia Woolf George SandElle et LuiPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 25 May 1937, in account of travels in France, 7-23 May 1937: 'Reading Beckford by [Guy] Chapman [1937] -- but why write about this cold egotist? this nugatory man...Virginia Woolf Guy ChapmanBeckfordPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 15 April 1937: 'Reading Balzac: reading A. Birrell's memoirs'.Virginia Woolf Honore de BalzacunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 15 April 1937: 'Reading Balzac: reading A. Birrell's memoirs'.Virginia Woolf Augustine BirrellThings Past RedressPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 30 November 1937: 'Reading Chateaubriand now, bought in 6 fine vols for one guinea at Cambridge'.Virginia Woolf Francois-Rene Vicomte de ChateaubriandunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday, 19 June 1937, during holiday to Scotland and Border country: 'I have been reading translations of Greek verse, and thinking idly.'Virginia Woolf unknownGreek versePrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 1 September 1937: 'A violent attack on 3 Gs in Scrutiny by Q. Leavis. I dont think it gave me an entire single thrill of horror. And I didnt read it through [......Virginia Woolf Queenie LeavisReview of Virginia Woolf, Three GuineasPrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945Thursday 22 September 1938: 'I was just getting into the old, very old, rhythm of regular reading, first this book then that [...] bowls 5 to 6.30: then Madame de Sevigne...Virginia Woolf Madame de SevigneunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 22 September 1938: 'I was just getting into the old, very old, rhythm of regular reading, first this book then that [...] bowls 5 to 6.30: then Madame de Sevigne...Virginia Woolf Siegfried SassoonunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 15 November 1938: 'My one quiet evening since Thursday. Read Chaucer.' Virginia Woolf Geoffrey ChaucerunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 17 January 1939: 'Yesterday I went to the London Library [...] read Tom [Eliot]'s swan song in the Criterion [...] home & read Delacroix journals; about whiich I ...Virginia Woolf T. S. Eliotvaledictory editorial articlePrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945Tuesday 17 January 1939: 'Yesterday I went to the London Library [...] read Tom [Eliot]'s swan song in the Criterion [...] home & read Delacroix journals; about whiich I ...Virginia Woolf Eugene DelacroixJournal de Eugene DelacroixPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 9 February 1939: 'Looking at my old Greek diary I was led to speculate [...] I won't budge from the scheme there (1932) laid down for treating decline of fame. T...Virginia Woolf Virginia WoolfDiary (17 May 1932)Manuscript: Unknown
1900-1945Tuesday 28 February 1939: 'I have just read [Shelley's] Mont Blanc, but cant make it "compose": clouds perpetually over lapping [sic]. If a new poem, what should I say? I...Virginia Woolf Percy Bysshe ShelleyMont BlancPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 16 March 1939: 'Yesterday in Bond Street where I finally did lay out 10 on clothes, I saw a crowd round a car, & on the back seat was a Cheetah with a chain rou...Virginia Woolf T. S. EliotThe Family ReunionPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 22 March 1939: 'Tom sent me his play, Family Reunion. No, it don't do. I read it over the week end. It starts theories. But no... You see the experiment with st...Virginia Woolf T. S. EliotThe Family ReunionPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 22 March 1939: 'Reading Eddie Marsh.'Virginia Woolf Sir Edward MarshA Number of PeoplePrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 11 April 1939: 'I am reading Dickens; by way of a refresher. how he lives; not writes: both a virtue & a fault. Like seeing something emerge; without containing m...Virginia Woolf Charles DickensunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 11 April 1939: 'I am reading Dickens; by way of a refresher. how he lives; not writes: both a virtue & a fault. Like seeing something emerge; without containing m...Virginia Woolf RochefoucauldunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 13 April 1939: 'I read about 100 pages of Dickens yesterday, & see something vague about the drama & fiction: how the emphasis, the caricature of these innumerab...Virginia Woolf Charles DickensunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 29 April 1939: 'Yesterday I went out [...] to walk in London [makes various observations] [...] So into Cannon St. Bought a paper with Hitler's speech. Read it o...Virginia Woolf Adolf HitlerSpeech denouncing 1935 Anglo-German Naval Agreemen...Print: Newspaper
1900-1945Saturday 29 April 1939: 'Yesterday I went out [...] to walk in London [makes various observations] [...] So into Cannon St. Bought a paper with Hitler's speech. Read it o...Virginia Woolf Geoffrey ChaucerunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 13 July 1939: 'A bad morning [...] 2 hours at M[ecklenburgh]S[quare].[...] A grim thought struck me: wh. of these rooms shall I die in? Which is going to be the ...Virginia Woolf Blaise PascalunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 13 July 1939: 'A bad morning [...] 2 hours at M[ecklenburgh]S[quare].[...] A grim thought struck me: wh. of these rooms shall I die in? Which is going to be the ...Virginia Woolf Walter PaterunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Friday 28 July 1939: 'Reading Gide's diaries, recommended by poor death mask Eddie [Sackville-West]. An interesting knotted book. Its queer that diaries now pullulate. No...Virginia Woolf Andre GideAndre Gide's Journal 1885-1939Print: Book
1900-1945Monday 11 September 1939: 'I have just read 3 or 4 Characters of Theophrastus, stumbling from Greek to English, & may as well make a note of it. Trying to anchor my mind ...Virginia Woolf Theophrastus 'Characters'Print: Book
1900-1945Saturday 2 December 1939: 'Began reading Freud last night; to enlarge the circumference. to give my brain a wider scope: to make it objective, to get outside. Thus defeat...Virginia Woolf Sigmund FreudunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Friday 8 December 1939: 'Shopping -- tempted to buy jerseys & so on. I dislike this excitement. yet enjoy it. Ambivalence as Freud calls it. (I'm gulping up Freud).'Virginia Woolf Sigmund FreudunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 17 December 1939: 'We ate too much hare pie last night; & I read Freud on Groups [...] I'm reading Ricketts diary -- all about the war the last war; & the Herbert ...Virginia Woolf Sigmund FreudGroup PsychologyPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 17 December 1939: 'We ate too much hare pie last night; & I read Freud on Groups [...] I'm reading Ricketts diary -- all about the war the last war; & the Herbert ...Virginia Woolf Charles RickettsSelf-Portrait, Taken from the Letters & Journals o...Print: Book
1900-1945Sunday 17 December 1939: 'We ate too much hare pie last night; & I read Freud on Groups [...] I'm reading Ricketts diary -- all about the war the last war; & the Herbert ...Virginia Woolf Lord HerbertLetters and Diaries of Henry, Tenth Earl of Pembro...Print: Book
1900-1945Sunday 17 December 1939: 'We ate too much hare pie last night; & I read Freud on Groups [...] I'm reading Ricketts diary -- all about the war the last war; & the Herbert ...Virginia Woolf William ShakespeareThe Ages of Man: Shakespeare's Image of Man and Na...Print: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 3 January 1940: 'I have just put down Mill's autobiography, after copying certain sentences in the volume I call, deceptively, the Albatross.'Virginia Woolf John Stuart MillAutobiographyPrint: Book
1900-1945Friday 9 February 1940: 'For some reason hope has revived. Now what served as bait? [...] I think it was largely reading Stephen [Spender]'s autobiography [published Spri...Virginia Woolf Winifred HoltbySouth RidingPrint: Book
1900-1945Friday 9 February 1940: 'For some reason hope has revived. Now what served as bait? [...] I think it was largely reading Stephen [Spender]'s autobiography [published Spri...Virginia Woolf Edmund BurkeunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 7 March 1940: 'A fortnight -- well on Saturday it will be a fortnight -- with influenza [...] before getting into bed that bitter [previous Saturday] afternoon I...Virginia Woolf anon mock epitaph for Virginia WoolfPrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945Thursday 7 March 1940: 'A fortnight -- well on Saturday it will be a fortnight -- with influenza [...] before getting into bed that bitter [previous Saturday] afternoon I...Virginia Woolf Henry Havelock EllisMy LifePrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 22 March 1940: 'I read Tolstoy at Breakfast -- Goldenweiser, that I translated with Kot in 1923 & have almost forgotten. Always the same reality -- like touching...Virginia Woolf A. B. GoldenveizerTalks with TolstoiPrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 31 March 1940: 'S[ense]. & S[ensibility]. all scenes. very sharp. Surprises. masterly [...] Very dramatic. Plot from the 18th Century. Mistressly in her winding up...Virginia Woolf Jane AustenSense and SensibilityPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 29 May 1940: 'Reading masses of Coleridge & Wordsworth letters of a night -- curiously untwisting & burrowing into that plaited nest [...] Reading Thomas A'Quin...Virginia Woolf William WordsworthlettersPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 29 May 1940: 'Reading masses of Coleridge & Wordsworth letters of a night -- curiously untwisting & burrowing into that plaited nest [...] Reading Thomas A'Quin...Virginia Woolf Samuel Taylor ColeridgelettersPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 29 May 1940: 'Reading masses of Coleridge & Wordsworth letters of a night -- curiously untwisting & burrowing into that plaited nest [...] Reading Thomas A'Quin...Virginia Woolf G. K. ChestertonThomas AquinasPrint: Book
1900-1945Friday 31 May 1940: 'Began Balzac, Vautrin.'Virginia Woolf Honore de BalzacunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 13 June 1940: '[Lord] Haw-Haw, objectively announcing defeat -- victory on his side of the line, that is -- again & again, left us about as down as we've yet bee...Virginia Woolf William WordsworthlettersPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 22 June 1940: 'On the down at Bugdean I found some green glass tubes [...] And I read my Shelley at night. How delicate & pure & musical & uncorrupt he & Colerid...Virginia Woolf Percy Bysshe ShelleyunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945Friday 5 July 1940: 'Why should I be bothering myself with Coleridge I wonder -- Biog. Lit. & then with father's essay on Coleridge, this fine evening, when the flies are...Virginia Woolf Samuel Taylor ColeridgeBiographia LiterariaPrint: Book
1900-1945Friday 5 July 1940: 'Why should I be bothering myself with Coleridge I wonder -- Biog. Lit. & then with father's essay on Coleridge, this fine evening, when the flies are...Virginia Woolf Sir Leslie Stephenessay on ColeridgePrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 28 August 1940: 'I should say, to placate V[irginia].W[oolf]. when she wishes to know what was happening in Aug. 1940 -- that the air raids are now at their pre...Virginia Woolf ScrutinyPrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945Saturday 14 September 1940: 'I am reading Sevigne: how recuperative last week [during heavy air raids]; gone stale a little with that mannered & sterile Bussy now. Even t...Virginia Woolf Madame de SevignelettersPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 14 September 1940: 'I am reading Sevigne: how recuperative last week [during heavy air raids]; gone stale a little with that mannered & sterile Bussy now [...] I...Virginia Woolf Henry WilliamsonGoodbye West CountryPrint: Book
1900-1945Monday 16 September 1940: 'Have been dallying with Mr Williamson's Confessions, appalled by his ego centricity [...] He cant move an inch from the glare of his own person...Virginia Woolf Henry WilliamsonGoodbye West CountryPrint: Book
1900-1945Tuesday 17 September 1940: 'Yesterday in the Public Library I took down a book of Peter Lucas's criticism [...] London Library atmosphere effused. Turned me against all l...Virginia Woolf F. L. LucasStudies French and EnglishPrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 21 September 1940: 'I have forced myself to overcome my rage at being beaten at Bowls & my fulminations against Nessa [for issuing invitation to Igor and Helen A...Virginia Woolf Jules MicheletHistoire de FrancePrint: Book
1900-1945Saturday 26 October 1940: '"The complete Insider" -- I have just coined this title to express my feeling towards George Trevelyan; who has just been made Master of Trinit...Virginia Woolf Jules MicheletHistoire de France vol.15Print: Book
1900-1945Saturday 26 October 1940: '"The complete Insider" -- I have just coined this title to express my feeling towards George Trevelyan; who has just been made Master of Trinit...Virginia Woolf G. M. TrevelyanHistory of EnglandPrint: Book
1900-1945Friday 1 November 1940: 'My Times book this week is E. F. Benson's last autobigraphy [...] I learn there the perils of glibness.'Virginia Woolf E. F. BensonFinal Edition, an Informal AutobiographyPrint: Book
1900-1945Friday 15 November 1940: 'I had a gaping raw wound too reading my essay in N.W. Why did I? Why come to the top when I suffer so in that light?'Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf'The Leaning Tower'Print: Book
1900-1945Friday 15 November 1940: 'I am reading Read's Aut[obiograph]y: a tight packed unsympathetic mind, all good cabinet making.'Virginia Woolf Herbert ReadAnnals of Innocence and ExperiencePrint: Book
1900-1945Monday 18 November 1940: 'These queer little sand castles, I was thinking; I was finishing Herbert Read's autobiography this morning at breakfast. Little boys making sand...Virginia Woolf Herbert ReadAnnals of Innocence and ExperiencePrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 29 December 1940: 'I detest the hardness of old age --I feel it. I rasp. I'm tart. 'The foot less prompt to meet the morning dew, The heart less bounding at em...Virginia Woolf Matthew ArnoldThyrsisPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 1 January 1941: 'On Sunday night, as I was reading about the great fire, in a very accurate detailed book, London was burning. 8 of my city churches destroyed, ...Virginia Woolf anonaccount of the Great Fire of LondonPrint: Book
1900-1945Thursday 9 January 1941: 'Desmond's book has come. Dipping I find it small beer. Too Irish, too confidential, too sloppy & depending upon the charm of the Irish voice. Ye...Virginia Woolf Desmond MacCarthyDramaPrint: Book
1900-1945Monday 20 January 1941: 'Reading Gide. La Porte Etroite [1909] feeble, slaty, sentimental.'Virginia Woolf Andre GideLa Porte EtroitePrint: Book
1900-1945Sunday 3 September 1939: 'This is I suppose certainly the last hour of peace. The time limit is out at 11. P[rime]M[inister] to broadcast at 11.15 [makes various brief ob...Virginia Woolf R. H. Tawney Print: Book
1900-1945Friday 6 October 1939: 'I compose articles on Lewis Carroll & read a great variety of books -- Flaubert's life, R[oger Fry].'s lectures, out at last, a life of Erasmus & ...Virginia Woolf Francis SteegmullerFlaubert and Madame Bovary. A Double PortraitPrint: Book
1900-1945Friday 6 October 1939: 'I compose articles on Lewis Carroll & read a great variety of books -- Flaubert's life, R[oger Fry].'s lectures, out at last, a life of Erasmus & ...Virginia Woolf Jacques Emile BlancheMore Portraits of a Lifetime, 1918-38Print: Book
1900-1945Friday 6 October 1939: 'I compose articles on Lewis Carroll & read a great variety of books -- Flaubert's life, R[oger Fry].'s lectures, out at last, a life of Erasmus & ...Virginia Woolf Roger FryLast LecturesPrint: Book
1900-1945Friday 6 October 1939: 'I compose articles on Lewis Carroll & read a great variety of books -- Flaubert's life, R[oger Fry].'s lectures, out at last, a life of Erasmus & ...Virginia Woolf 'life of Erasmus'Print: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 25 October 1939: 'As a journalist I'm in demand [...] To relax I read Little Dorrit [...] Gerald Heard's book spun me to distraction last night. So good & sugge...Virginia Woolf Charles DickensLittle DorritPrint: Book
1900-1945Wednesday 25 October 1939: 'As a journalist I'm in demand [...] To relax I read Little Dorrit [...] Gerald Heard's book spun me to distraction last night. So good & sugge...Virginia Woolf Gerald HeardPain, Sex and Time: A New Outlook on Evolution and...Print: Book
1900-1945'Baccae [sic] is far and away the best play of Euripides I have read.'Virginia Woolf EuripidesThe BacchaePrint: Book
1900-1945'I am just finishing the Life of B[urne-]. J[ones]. which begins to bore me slightly-not the Life, which is excellent, but the man.'Virginia Woolf Julia Mary Cartwright AdyThe Life and Works of Edward Burne-Jones, bart.Print: Book
1900-1945'I am reading, 'Your Life in 15 Century' Mrs J. R. Green.'Virginia Woolf Alice Stopford GreenTown Life in the Fifteenth CenturyPrint: Book
1900-1945'I am reading, ... "Life" of William Morris.'Virginia Woolf J.W. MackailLife of William MorrisPrint: Book
1900-1945'I am reading, ... Layard's Nineveh.'Virginia Woolf Austen Henry LayardNinevehPrint: Book
1900-1945'I am reading, ... "History of Music."'Virginia Woolf unknown[History of Music]Print: Book
1900-1945'I am reading, ... "Not Wisely but too Well" by Miss Rhoda Broughton.'Virginia Woolf Rhoda BroughtonNot Wisely but Too WellPrint: Book
1900-1945'I am reading, ... 2 bound volumes of the Windsor Magazine which I hire for 2d a week, a ridiculously cheap price.'Virginia Woolf The Windsor Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly for M...Print: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'...- I spend 5 days of precious time toiling through Henry James' subtleties for Mrs Lyttleton, and write a very hardworking review for her...'Virginia Woolf Henry JamesThe Golden BowlPrint: Book
1900-1945Leonard Woolf to Molly MacCarthy, 28 September 1912: 'Virginia is very lazy, she's lying on a sofa eating chocolates & reading & looking at pictures, including her own...Virginia Woolf The Strand MagazinePrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945Leonard Woolf to Lytton Strachey, describing routine at home at Asheham, 25 April 1913: 'After dinner Virginia reads the Life of Mrs Humphry Ward & I the Poor Law Mino...Virginia Woolf The Life of Mrs Humphry WardPrint: Book
1900-1945'After dinner, (a delicious dinner), Virginia read us her memoir of Old Bloomsbury. She had read it to me already at Saulieu, but I loved hearing it again; I want you to...Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf"memoir of Old Bloomsbury"Unknown
1850-1899'Have you read your sister in laws Doges Farm? Well that describes much the same sort of country that this is; and you see how she, a person of true artistic soul, revel...Virginia Woolf Margaret SymondsDays Spent on a Doge's FarmPrint: Book
1900-1945'My real object in writing is to make a confession-which is to take back a whole cartload of goatisms which I used at Fritham and elsewhere in speaking of a certain great...Virginia Woolf William ShakespeareCymbelinePrint: Book
1900-1945'However, to make up, the Times has sent me two trashy books, about Thackeray and Dickens and I may write 1500 words or so - Bruce Richmond is generous...'Virginia Woolf Lewis MelvilleThe Thackeray CountryPrint: Book
1900-1945'However, to make up, the Times has sent me two trashy books, about Thackeray and Dickens and I may write 1500 words or so - Bruce Richmond is generous...'Virginia Woolf F. G. KittonThe Dickens CountryPrint: Book



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