Woolf Reading 1930-1938
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TITLE OF WORK READAUTHOR OF WORK READDATE NOTEDSOURCENOTES
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D= Diary (# = volume) L= Letters (# = volume, then letter #)
Principles of selection (link)

This spreadsheet was created by Matthew Cheney as part of a Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowship Award from the University of New Hampshire Graduate School, summer 2015.
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Adventures Social and LiteraryAinslie, Douglas9/2/1932D4 (before 2 Sept 1932)"Reading this August" list
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Alfieri, Vittorio4/14/1935D4 (14 April 1935)in note only (n.11 p.300)
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Letters from Iceland
Auden, W.H. & Louis MacNeice
8/11/1937D5 (11 August 1937)
"I'm reading George Sand quietly.... Have Auden McNeice in Iceland from The Times; also some French George Sand memoirs" see note 5 -- whether she did read this, uncertain
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Jane Austen's Letters
Austen, Jane; ed. R.W. Chapman
12/22/1932
L5.2683 (22 December 1932)
"I'm reading Jane Austen [Letters] in this heavenly solitude over the long fire" (see L5 p.125 n.2 for bibliographic info)
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Balzac4/15/1937D5 (15 April 1937)"Reading Balzac: reading A. Birrell's memoirs"
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Puppet Show of MemoryBaring, Maurice3/21/1932L5.2560 (21 March 1932)
"MB has sent me his book, and I've snatched up his praise of your singing..."
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Lonely Lady of Dulwich, TheBaring, Maurice8/26/1934D4 (26 August 1934)
"We sat & bawled, about God & Dulwich" [E. Smyth declared Baring "one of the finest novelists England has ever produced"]
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PoemsBarker, George4/17/1935D4 (17 April 1935)
"I'm reading, or going to read, Alfieri, Chateaubriand, Paxton, Leo Myers; Barker & Moore poetry..."
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An Account of French PaintingBell, Clive11/16/1931D4 (16 November 1931)"I am reading Clive's book"
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Letters to His NephewBennett, Arnold3/2/1936L6.3109 (2 March 1936)
references anecdote in one of the Bennett letters. See p.16 n.2
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Christmas FormulaBenson, Stella12/28/1932
L5.2686 (28 December 1932)
"And I'm reading Stella Benson: with pleasure"
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MundosBenson, Stella9/6/1935D4 (6 September 1935)
"Reading. Miss Mole: fair, but soft; & Stella Benson but I'm hard on novels, & an old dr. called Salter, & Dryden, & Alfieri."
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First ChildhoodBerners, Lord2/14/1934D4 (14 February 1934)
"then a book a day from the Times, Berners, Selincourt & a stout life by Neale of Q Elizabeth which pretending to impartiality emphasises the double chin..."
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Things Past RedressBirrell, Augustine4/15/1937D5 (15 April 1937)"Reading Balzac: reading A. Birrell's memoirs"
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Victoria the Widow and Her SonBolitho, Hector8/24/1934L5.2921 (24 August 1934)
"And I'll forgive you for having me made or Victoria the Widow, because of one or 2 stories, though there again—dear me, how can you roll out your big guns over that entirely false and feeble and twittering performance?"
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Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery Borrow, George1/11/1936D5 (11 January 1936)
"then I read Borrow's Wild Wales, into which I can plunge head foremost"
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To the NorthBowen, Elizabeth7/22/1932L5.2611 (22 July 1932)
"It is very good of you to send me your novel, which I am keeping, as a treat, for next week..." [did she go on to read it then?]
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Last September, TheBowen, Elizabeth6/8/1934L5.2901 (8 June 1934)
"I didn't read Last September...but I shall when I get back." (Did she?)
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House in Paris, TheBowen, Elizabeth6/7/1935L5 (7? June 1935)
"...I'm so muddled by reading a mass of manuscripts. But I shall, all the same, read yours." L5.3066 (4 Oct 1935): "I skimmed Elizabeth's book in a rush: I must read it again. I thought it a little tight and hard, but very good—much the best of hers I've read." n.1 references Glendinning bio p.94 for VW reaction.
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Jack Robinson
Brenan, Gerald (wr. under pseudonym George Beaton)
10/20/1933D4 (20 October 1933)"Gerald Brenan's book is unmitigated trash"
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Lawrence and Brett: A FriendshipBrett, Dorothy7/8/1933L5.2760 (8 July 1933)
"I looked into your book and shut it; I can't get hold of Lawrence; I like and I dislike; and always feel its a puzzle that I must sit down to one of these days, honestly; to read him through."
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Testament of YouthBrittain, Vera9/2/1933D4 (2 September 1933)
"I am reading with extreme greed a book by Vera Britain [sic], called The Testament of Youth"; see also L5.2788: "and Vera Brittain has written a book which kept me out of bed till I'd read it. Why?"
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Life of Sidney
Brooke (Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke)
8/10/1931L4.2419 (10 August 1931)
"haven't settled, as I should, to read all Donne, all Sidney, all ... Lord Brooke"
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Memorials of Edward Burne-JonesBurne-Jones, G.8/17/1938D5 (17 August 1938)"reading BJ by his wife..."
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Alice James: Her Brothers -- Her JournalBurr, Anna Robeson (ed.)10/4/1934D4 (4 October 1934)
list of "Books read or in reading" on page facing diary entries for 4 & 5 Oct
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Don Juan
Byron? (or Bennet, Don Juan de Marana: A Play in Four Acts)
7/7/1931D4 (7 July 1931)
"I am reading Don Juan" Bennet Don Juan in VW/LW library w/ LW bookplate
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Savage Pilgrimage: A Narrative of D.H. Lawrence, The
Carswell, Catherine12/26/1932L5.2685 (Boxing Day, 1932)
"I'm reading the new edition of Carswells D.H.L. book" (2nd ed.)
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D.H. Lawrence. A Personal Record
Chambers, Jessie (as by E.T.)
8/31/1935D4 (31 August 1935)
"Read Hind & Panther. D.H.L. by E. (good) & slept."
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BeckfordChapman, Guy5/25/1937D5 (25 May 1937)
"Reading Beckford by Chapman—but why write about this cold egotist? this nugatory man?"
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Memoires d'outre tombe
Chateaubriand, Francois Rene de
3/11/1935D4 (11 March 1935)
"I am reading Chateaubriand" (& see note 13 p.283)
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works
Chateaubriand, Francois Rene de
11/30/1937D5 (30 November 1937)
"reading Chateaubriand now, bought in 6 fine vols for one guinea at Cambridge"
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Chaucer11/15/1938D5 (15 November 1938)"Read Chaucer: began Lytton Q.E. & Essex"
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poemsColeridge9/2/1932D4 (before 2 Sept 1932)"Reading this August" list
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Letters (vol. 1, some of vol. 2)Coleridge9/2/1932D4 (before 2 Sept 1932)"Reading this August" list
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Mes Apprentisages [My Apprenticeships]Colette2/24/1937D5 (24 February 1937)
"Started reading French again: Misanthrope & Colette's memoirs given me last summer by Janie"
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Love for LoveCongreve, William9/13/1935D4 (13 September 1935)
"Reading Love for Love, Life of Anthony Hope, &c."
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Love for LoveCongreve, William6/22/1937D5 (22 June 1937)
"Isn't it shameful to writer here first thing, not to tackle Congreve? But my brain...gave out after dinner, so that I cdn't read Love for Love" See 23 June entry: "It's ill writing after reading Love for Love--a masterpiece."
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Creevey Papers, TheCreevey, Thomas5/14/1933D4 (14 May 1933)
"But when it comes gushing out of Creevey's page..." see also 21 May
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Dante1/10/1931D4 (10 January 1931)
was reading earlier & continuing thru writing Waves
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Lettres de la Marquise du Deffand a Horace Walpole
Deffand, Marquise du (Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise du Deffand)
1/7/1931D4 (7 Jan 1931)"can't settle to read x"
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David CopperfieldDickens, Charles2/25/1936D5 (25 February 1936)
"reading D. Copperfield" see also L6.3104 (8 February 1936): "I'm reading David Copperfield for the 6th time with almost complete satisfaction."
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My Old WorldDimnet, Abbe (Ernest)8/29/1935D4 (29 August 1935)
"Reading Miss Mole, Abbe Dimnet (good), an occasional bite at Hind & Panther..."
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ConingsbyDisraeli, Benjamin11/15/1931
L4.2470 (15 November 1931)
"Middlemarch finished: now Dizzy: then Trollope -- but which?"
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Modern Prose StyleDobree, Bonamy10/4/1934D4 (4 October 1934)
list of "Books read or in reading" on page facing diary entries for 4 & 5 Oct
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Anatomie of the World, AnDonne, John2/13/1931D4 (13 February 1932)
"I break off from my plain duty which is to read the Anatomy of the World"; see also L5, 2522 (8 Feb)
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Donne, John8/10/1931L4.2419 (10 August 1931)
"haven't settled, as I should, to read all Donne, all Sidney, all ... Lord Brooke"
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Hind and the Panther, TheDryden, John8/29/1935D4 (29 August 1935)
"Reading Miss Mole, Abbe Dimnet (good), an occasional bite at Hind & Panther..."
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Literary Mind, TheEastman, Max4/24/1932D4 (24 April, 8 May 1932)
"I've scarcely read either — only Roger's Eastman, & Wells, & Murry" D4 8 May, see note p.96
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MiddlemarchEliot, George11/8/1931
L4.2467 (8 November 1931)
"I'm reading Middlemarch with even greater pleasure than I remembered: and Ford M. Ford's memoirs"
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Thoughts After LambethEliot, T.S.4/25/1931D4 (25 April 1931)"I must read his Lambeth tonight"
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Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism, TheEliot, T.S.11/14/1933D4 (14 November 1933)
"reading Tom's criticism, & Michael Field diaries"
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Rock, TheEliot, T.S.7/10/1934L5.2910 (10 July 1934)
"The rock disappointed me. I couldn't go and see it, having caught the influenza in Ireland; and in reading, without seeing, perhaps one got the horror of that cheap farce and Cockney dialogue and dogmatism too full in the face."
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Murder in the CathedralEliot, T.S.7/7/1935L5.3043 (7 July 1935)
"I have only had time, though, in this world of interruption to read it once..." See also L5.3081 (16 Nov 1935): "The truth is it acts far less well than reads: cant manage the human body: only a soliloquy." Similarly, L5.3085.
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Oxford Apostles: A Character Study of the Oxford Movement
Faber, Geoffrey Cust8/12/1933D4 (12 August 1933)
"I've been reading Faber on Newman"; L5.2787: "I've been reading a stuck up humbug called Faber on Newman with fury." (3 Sept 1933)
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Works and Days: Extracts from the Journal of Michael Field
Field, Michael pseud. [Katharine Harris Bradley (1846-1914) & Edith Emma Cooper (1862-1913)] edited by T & D.C. Sturge Moore
11/14/1933D4 (14 November 1933)
"reading Tom's criticism, & Michael Field diaries"
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Dictionary of Madame de SevignéFitzgerald, Edward 3/31/1938D5 (31 March 1938)
"And I've just bought E. FitzGerald on Sevigne, & may broach her."
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LettersFlaubert, Gustave6/21/1936D5 (21 June 1936)
"Really reading Flaubert's letters I hear my own voice cry out Oh Art! Patience. Find him consoling, admonishing."
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Thus to RevisitFord, Ford Madox11/8/1931
L4.2467 (8 November 1931)
"I'm reading Middlemarch with even greater pleasure than I remembered: and Ford M. Ford's memoirs"
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Pages de Journal 1929-1932Gide, Andre8/30/1934D4 (30 August 1934)
"reading, Leeson, a detective, Saint Simon, Henry James' preface to P. of a Lady ... then Gide's journal"
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Reminiscences
Godley, Arthur (Lord Kilbracken)
9/2/1932D4 (before 2 Sept 1932)
"Reading this August" list; see also L5.2619 (9? Aug 1932): "then I read Lord Kilbracken—what a good book"
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Goethe12/25/1931
L4 2493 (25 December 1931)
"...dip into The Sciences of Life (Wells) and Goethe and various poems"
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Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith, TheGoldsmith, Oliver4/6/1933D4 (6 April 1933)
"I began the four great vols of Goldsmith this morning"
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Good MerchantGraham, John12/21/1933D4 (21 December 1933)"read a good MS by a man called Graham"
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Strange Life of Willy Clarkson, TheGreenwall, Harry J.1/11/1936D5 (11 January 1936)
"Home, & dine alone, & sleep over Mr Clarkson's memoirs" [Clarkson provided disguises for Dreadnought hoax"
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Miss Weeton: Journal of a Governess 1807-1811Hall, Edward (ed.)11/11/1936D5 (11 November 1936)
"Can't review Miss Weeton either. ... But anyhow the book is bad mostly..." (also quoted from the book in 3G)
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Life of Thomas HardyHardy, Florence7/26/1933D4 (26 July 1933)
"I try to tune myself on other books: couldnt settle on any save T. Hardy's life just now." See also 22 July 1932 and note 11 p.119
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Hazlitt, William5/13/1930L4.2179 (13 May 1930)
"or go on reading Hazlitt" Was reading Hazilitt throughout 1930, probably starting in January, for her Sept 1930 review of the complete works
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Temple, or Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations, The
Herbert, George10/24/1935L5.3071 (24 October 1935)"I read The Temple last night: George Herbert"
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Oxford Book of Greek Verse in Translation
Higham, T.F. & C.M. Bowra, eds.
6/16/1938D5 (16 June 1938)
"And I have been reading translations of Greek verse, and thinking idly."
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ConfessionsHoussaye, Arsène8/24/1933D4 (24 August 1933)
"I have spent the morning reading the Confessions of Arsene Houssaye"
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Beyond the Mexique BayHuxley, Aldous5/27/1934L5.2897 (27 May 1934)"and am now reduced to Aldous Huxley."
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Point CounterpointHuxley, Aldous1/23/1935D4 (23 January 1935)
"I am reading Point Counterpoint. Not a good novel. all raw, uncooked, protesting."
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Sacred Fount, TheJames, Henry5/14/1933D4 (14 May 1933)
"Yes, I am reading — skipping — the Sacred Fount"
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Preface to Portrait of a LadyJames, Henry8/30/1934D4 (30 August 1934)
"reading, Leeson, a detective, Saint Simon, Henry James' preface to P. of a Lady ... then Gide's journal"
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Roman psychologique de Virginia Woolf, LeJanin, René3/20/1932L5.2559 (20 March 1932)
"His book has now arrived. I can't say I find it lively reading, but then its [sic] difficult to see one self as a mummy in a museum: even a highly respectable museum." See also L5.2560: "I've not got a huge book on V.W.: but cant read it, because I hate my own face in the looking glass."
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Keats10/15/1935D4 (15 October 1935)
"Read all early R[oger Fry] letters. noted them. also library books: also Keats: also MSS"
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Man Who Died, The [The Escaped Cock]Lawrence, D.H.5/28/1931D4 (28 May 1931)"disappointed, reading lightly though"
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Sons & LoversLawrence, D.H.5/28/1931D4 (28 May 1931)"reading Sons & Lovers first"
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Aaron's RodLawrence, D.H.5/9/1935D4 (9 May 1935)"I am nibbling at Aaron's Rod."
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Letters of D.H. Lawrence
Lawrence, D.H.; ed. Aldous Huxley
10/2/1932D4 (2 October 1932)
"I am also reading DHL. with the usual sense of frustration"; see L5.2656 (3 Nov 1932): "I've finished his letters; no, I'm not enthusiastic"
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Walter Leaf, 1852-1927. Some Chapters of Autobiography. With a Memoir by Charlotte M. Leaf
Leaf, Walter & Charlotte M. Leaf
4/29/1937D5 (29 April 1937)"I rested my brain on Lotta Leaf last night"
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Lost London: The Memoirs of an East End Detective
Leeson, B.8/30/1934D4 (30 August 1934)
"reading, Leeson, a detective, Saint Simon, Henry James' preface to P. of a Lady ... then Gide's journal"
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Livingstones: A Novel of Contemporary LifeLeon, Derrick9/2/1932D4 (before 2 Sept 1932)"Reading this August" list
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Good Morning and Good Night
Leonora, Sylvia (nee Brett); writing as Her Highness the Ranee of Sarawak
10/4/1934D4 (4 October 1934)
list of "Books read or in reading" on page facing diary entries for 4 & 5 Oct
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Blasting and BombardieringLewis, Wyndham11/1/1937D5 (1 November 1937)
"Wyndham Lewis Auby: hot mean reading. Exacerbates. Yet diminishes vitality. Thank God, it will be out of the house today."
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Fifty Years a Country DoctorMacartney, W.M.11/16/1938D5 (16 November 1938)
"I shall read Sevigné & Chaucer & 50 YEars of a Drs life if it comes from the Library."
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Criticism (vol. 2)MacCarthy, Desmond6/18/1932D4 (18 June 1932)
"Desmond's criticism rather sends my value up in my eyes..."
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Anthony Hope and His BooksMallett, Sir Charles9/13/1935D4 (13 September 1935)
"Reading Love for Love, Life of Anthony Hope, &c."
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Fable of the Bees; or Private Vices, Publick Benefits, The
Mandeville, Bernard de3/26/1938D5 (26 March 1938)
"As usual, I have drawn too many words from my well, & want to fill it from some good book. Mandeville The Bees, I think." 26 April: "this really a fruitful book; the book I want". quoted from in 3Gs
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Coming Victory of Democracy, TheMann, Thomas10/30/1938D5 (30 October 1938)
"It seemed to explain to us what we're doing. She gave me Thomas Mann. who does the same."
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Letters of Katherine Mansfield, The
Mansfield, Katherine ed. John Middleton Murry
5/26/1935D4 (26 May 1935)
"I'm dipping into K.M.'s letters; Stendhal on Rome, & the Italian."
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Paxton and the Bachelor DukeMarkham, Violet R.4/17/1935D4 (17 April 1935)
"I'm reading, or going to read, Alfieri, Chateaubriand, Paxton, Leo Myers; Barker & Moore poetry..."
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Life and Letters of Captain Marryat, TheMarryat, Florence8/3/1935D4 (3 August 1935)
"...I took a flight into Marryat this..." and n.3 p.334. 22 Aug: "Finished Marryat." See also L5.3053 (27 July 1935): "and read Captain Marryat."
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Out and About, Random ReminiscencesMarshall, Archibald6/26/1933D4 (26 June 1933)"& read Archibald Marshall's memoir"
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Retrospect of Western TravelMartineau, Harriet6/25/1935L5.3036 (25 June 1935)"I am just in the middle of Miss Martineau."
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Une VieMaupassant, Guy de8/21/1934D4 (21 August 1934)"I read Une Vie last night"
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Wainwrights, TheMeredith, Edgar6/20/1933D4 (20 June 1933)
"I must now read Wainwrights, a possible East End novel" (read ms. apparently, as novel not published till 1935 by Grayson & Grayson
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Lord Ormont and his AmintaMeredith, George3/27/1937D5 (27 March 1937)
"I began Lord Ormont & his Aminta, & found it so rich, so knotted, so alive & muscular after the pale little fiction I'm used to, that, alas, it made me wish to write fiction again. Meredith underrated."
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