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Record Number: 19970


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'My own darling, I write to you in the middle of reading "Orlando", in such a turmoil of excitement and confusion that I scarcely know where (or who!) I am. It came this morning by the first post and I have been reading it ever since, and am now half-way through. Virginia sent it to me in a lovely leather binding - bless her.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

11 Oct 1928

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Weald, Sevenoaks
county: Kent
specific address: Long Barn

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:

Vita Sackville-West

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

9 Mar 1892

Socio-Economic Group:

Royalty / aristocracy

Occupation:

novelist

Religion:

unknown

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:

Virginia Woolf

Title:

Orlando

Genre:

Fiction, Biography, Novel in the form of a mock-biography of Vita Sackville-West

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Published 11 October 1928

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

19970

Source:

Print

Author:

Vita Sackville-West

Editor:

Nigel Nicolson

Title:

Vita and Harold

Place of Publication:

Great Britain

Date of Publication:

1992

Vol:

n/a

Page:

205

Additional Comments:

Quotation taken from a letter dated 11 October 1928 written by Vita Sackville-West to Harold Nicolson.

Citation:

Vita Sackville-West, Nigel Nicolson (ed.), Vita and Harold, (Great Britain, 1992), p. 205, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=19970, accessed: 14 May 2021


Additional Comments:

The editor describes "Orlando" in a footnote as 'a novel in the form of a mock biography of Vita, Virginia's longest love letter to her', and adds that 'Vita was not allowed to read a word of it until it was published'.

   
   
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