Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

3 Handwritten: December 12, 1922

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

3 Handwritten: December 12, 1922

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[begin strikethrough]STATION SHELFORD, G.E.R.

TELEGRAMS &

28 SHELDFORD.

TELEPHONE[end strikethrough]

4 rue de Chevreuse

Paris VIme

Dec. 12. 1922

[begin strikethrough]MOUNT BLOW,

GREAT SHELFORD,

CAMBRIDGE.[end strikethrough]

My dear Virginia--

I simply must write to you about Jacob's Room. I have admired all your writings enormously but never has any of them swept me off my feet as this [begin strikethrough]have[end strikethrough] has. To be honest, the beginning (Mrs Flanders & the children & the sea-side) so bored me with its ceaseless flickering of minute observation that I decided I couldn't read it. Then yesterday I began again (right in Trinity) & read on & on, my amazement & admiration growing with every page. I suppose the "libido" of writing has always been a morbid craving to swallow the round green world & all its contents like a pill & to possess it, & I believe you are the first person that has been able to glut that appetite--it is a book which must give complete satisfaction to writer & reader alike.

Then, as well, in it you solve for the first time the dilemma of modern literature, by colonising the shadowy New World imperially so that it falls into line with & forms an organic whole with the old world of tradition. …

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