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 √ Century of ExperienceEvidenceName of Reader / Listener / Reading GroupAuthor of TextTitle of TextForm of Text
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'I say, has Rebecca West's book come your way? It is unreadable. It is a brew of Meredith, 'Orlando' and Amanda Ross.'Vita Sackville-West Rebecca WestHarriet HumePrint: 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'I shall never speak to Squire again. I never read anything like it for sheer idiocy.'Vita Sackville-West J.C. SquireThe ObserverPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'I tried to read Read on poetry - Words words words, - and all polysyllabic. That isn't poetry; not even the explanation of it.'Vita Sackville-West Herbert ReadunknownUnknown
1900-1945'In the meantime, let me say that I read you with delight, even though I wanted to exclaim, "Oh, BUT,Virginia..." on 50% of your pages.'Vita Sackville-West Virginia WoolfThree GuineasPrint: 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
1900-1945'It was a change to spend such a lazy day. We read the Apocrypha, I remember, and wandered a little, but not very far afield, not much further than the spring where...Vita Sackville-West unknown unknownBible - the ApocryphaPrint: Book
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'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...Vita Sackville-West Virginia WoolfOrlandoPrint: Book
1900-1945'Now I have had my dinner, or rather Pippin has had most of my dinner, and it is dark and the house is silent, and the book of Elizabethan lyrics which I have been trying...Vita Sackville-West unknown[Elizabethan lyrics]Print: Book
1900-1945'Of course I was much in love with you then, in a very young and (also) uninformed way; it was young and fresh like Greek poetry, (I have just been reading some translati...Vita Sackville-West unknown[selections from a Greek Anthology]Print: Book
1900-1945'Oh - a propos of that, I've been absolutely engaged by a book about Knole, in which Eddy is described as "author and musician" and I am described as "the wife of the Hon...Vita Sackville-West unknownunknownPrint: Book
1900-1945'Oh dear, [...] that's what comes of living alone in the rain and reading Wordsworth.'Vita Sackville-West William WordsworthunknownUnknown
1900-1945'Tell Leonard to read Harold's new book. It is more in his line than yours, being political, but I think you would be amused by some passages in his diary, which is the ...Vita Sackville-West Harold NicolsonPeacemakingUnknown
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'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'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'We had spent many an evening in Teheran, poring over maps and discussing our journey across the Bakthiari country. It had not been easy to get information; the map...Vita Sackville-West unknown unknownunknownUnknown

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