Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

15 Handwritten: May 20, 1927

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

15 Handwritten: May 20, 1927

Article excerpt

Dear Mrs Woolf

I would like to know you. You have given me one of the most exciting adventures of my life--adventure in awareness. Though I may be one of the insignificant persons living off the Brompton road, it gives me courage to move my own tree farther to the middle of my picture. A really creative experience, reading your "To the Lighthouse". I write to you before I have finished it--I shall never finish it--it is part of the "eternal present". I read 5 pages or so then I read it again to Caroline--then we go to Dora's with it under the arm and we read those 5 pages again and if Marguerite comes in at the end as she did last night, we read aloud together what precedes the 5 pages and the 5 pages.

The people have not been created or even chosen to serve the purposes of the book--they live and function completely as people. During the dinner, one is aware of Mr Ramsay, of the children, all the time ones attention focusses where you would have it focus, just as it does at ones own family table.

The level of consciousness in that book! What one [begin strikethrough]does[end strikethrough] absorbs with ones eyes--the dish of fruit, matching color with color, shape with shape--while ones mind is occupied in one place, ones feelings another, ones body a third--

I should like to know how you developed this tool you have that ferrets out the most secret processes of thought and feeling. …

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