Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

23 Handwritten: July 31, 1928

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

23 Handwritten: July 31, 1928

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31.7.28.

The Two Brewers Inn.

Shaftesbury

Dorset.

Dear Mrs Woolf,

You once remarked that only ninnies wrote to you about your books--which is useful, because it relieves me of any self-consciousness now that I am doing it too. It seems to me it would be practically insincere to take Orlando down in

silence--though anything like thanking, on the other hand, would be too awful & impertinent, & not what one wants to do anyway. But every now & then, but not with any other living writer, it does seem necessary to do something more than merely read (which is of course all that can be done reasonably). It is because there is nothing to discuss I think, no places to say here is good but there is better, it is so unusual to have to accept a whole book, & the experience produces such delight & despair that one makes a fool of oneself.

There is a man at who every year at Hendon gives an exhibition of flying; he gets the sky to himself for about a quarter of an hour, & it must all be a matter of style, because he is using the same medium as the hundreds of other perfectly competent pilots who perform before & after him, but he is right to a hair's breadth where the others are right to within half a yard. …

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