Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

24 Handwritten: October 23, 1928

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

24 Handwritten: October 23, 1928

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WATER TOWER STUDIO

CHESTER.

23 X 28

Dear Madam,

Will you accept my congratulations, however puerile on "Orlando"? It certainly gives furiously to think, and one must out with (a bit of) it or burst. When one 'discovers' a pearl, one is apt to make oneself a general nuisance, crowing continuously like any barnyard chanticleer, even (you see) makes one fly (& flap flurriedly one's bedraggled wings) in the face of providence. If "Monday or Tuesday" was a comet, & that of no mean order, in our sky, if "Jacob's Room" was a lantern whose 1001 colours will always illume our night, Orlando is a fixed planet. I am no astronomer, but you will I think know what I mean. There is a richness of personality about it which of course would have been out of place in Jacob's room say. One wonders where you 'got the idea from.' This is a great deal of your charm as a writer. You are not of those mannish steady & stolidly, sometimes jolly Bank holiday, scribes, who for all their good writing make it clear that their word is law. "I know all about this. You don't. You must take my word for it. Take it or leave it." You have always, it seemed to me, had a game with your reader, have played--& fair. You may even on occasion have him, as they say, on a piece of string, & pull the leg. Conversation is like a game of tennis--there are 2 sides to the game--& each must keep its end up. Your writing always creates & suggests other images in the mind. …

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