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 √ Century of ExperienceEvidenceName of Reader / Listener / Reading GroupAuthor of TextTitle of TextForm of Text
1900-1945'I have been horribly remiss in writing to thank you for "Mrs Dalloway", but as I didn't want to write you the 'How-charming-of-you-to-send-me-your-book-I-am-looking-forw...Vita Sackville-West Virginia WoolfThe Common ReaderPrint: Book
1900-1945'I lay in an immense bed, with firelight flickering on the ceiling, and read a book by a theosophist.'Vita Sackville-West unknownunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945'The rest of the time I read Proust. As no one on board has ever heard of Proust, but has enough French to translate the title, I am looked at rather askance for the num...Vita Sackville-West Marcel ProustSodom et GonorrhePrint: Book
1900-1945'The parties of Proust gain in fantasy from being read in such circumstances, (I don't mean in the bath, but on deck;) they recede, achieve a perspective; they become his...Vita Sackville-West Marcel ProustunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945'I meant to have written such a lot, but somehow I haven't; there's always a whale or a murder to look at, (a tortoise or a theorbo!) so I have written a few letters, - p...Vita Sackville-West Marcel ProustunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945'Have you read "Comment debuta Marcel Proust"? I cried over it. (By the way, that might be quite a good book to publish in translation; it's quite short.)' Vita Sackville-West Louis de RobertComment debuta Marcel ProustPrint: Book
1900-1945'I shall have, however, to give up reading your works at dinner, for they are too disturbing. I can't explain, I'll have to explain verbally some day. Unless you can gu...Vita Sackville-West Virginia WoolfunknownUnknown
1900-1945'Last night I went to bed very early and read Mrs Dalloway. It was a very curious sensation: I thought you were in the room - But there was only Pippin, trying to burrow...Vita Sackville-West Virginia WoolfMrs DallowayPrint: Book
1900-1945'I lie in bed, and watch the fire on the ceiling, and hear the clock strike, and think how delicious it will be when you come to stay here - I read Haydon, and an excelle...Vita Sackville-West Benjamin Robert HaydonAutobiographyPrint: Book
1900-1945'then the old problem: what shall I read at dinner, propped open by a fork? decide finally on Virginia, grab the common reader, a pair of spectacles, a pencil, go in to d...Vita Sackville-West Virginia WoolfThe Common ReaderPrint: Book
1900-1945' - I read Boswell's tour in the Hebrides and speculate agreeably on the probable difference between Boswell's conception of the Hebrides and yours - 'Vita Sackville-West James BoswellJournal of a Tour to the HebridesPrint: Book
1900-1945'I am reading Gide's memoirs, very disappointing I think, so far; I have found hardly anything that pleased me except the marble that had been dropped into the hole in th...Vita Sackville-West Andre GideMemoirsUnknown
1900-1945' I've read a lot, Boswell, de Quincy, Tom Jones, Plutarch. One sits in the sun until the heat of it drives one indoors again.'Vita Sackville-West Henry FieldingTom JonesPrint: Book
1900-1945' What else? Yes, I have read Cowper: "The stable yields a stercoraceous heap...." It bears an unpleasant resemblance to The Land, doesn't it? But it has its good mom...Vita Sackville-West William CowperThe Task, Part III (The Garden)Print: Book
1900-1945'But everything is blurred to a haze by your book of which I have just read the last words, and that is the only thing which seems real. I can only say that I am dazzled...Vita Sackville-West Virginia WoolfTo the LighthousePrint: Book
1900-1945'I am reading a delicious book called The Wandering Scholars - I wish I knew Latin.'Vita Sackville-West Helen WaddellThe Wandering ScholarsPrint: Book
1900-1945'I can't tell you how much I like "The Sun and the Fish", (all the more because it is all about things we did together,) and I am ordering a copy of Time and Tide.'Vita Sackville-West Virginia WoolfThe Sun and the FishPrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'I am grateful to you for having told me to buy Yeats' poems, they kept me happy in the train all the way. I like the one about Leda, How can those terrified vague...Vita Sackville-West William Butler YeatsLeda and the SwanPrint: Unknown
1900-1945'I have been horribly remiss in writing to thank you for "Mrs Dalloway", but as I didn't want to write you the 'How-charming-of-you-to-send-me-your-book-I-am-looking-forw...Vita Sackville-West Virginia WoolfMrs DallowayPrint: Book
1900-1945'It seems to me the loveliest, wisest, richest book that I have ever read, - excelling even your own Lighthouse.'Vita Sackville-West Virginia WoolfOrlandoManuscript: Codex

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