Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

45 Typed; Signed: January 12, 1930

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

45 Typed; Signed: January 12, 1930

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January 12, 1930.

Dear Mrs. Woolf,

Even at the risk of being a great nuisance I cannot refrain from telling you how much I enjoyed A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN. I don't know when a book has seemed so intimately written for me alone. But that is exactly what my friends and some of the women students in my husband's lecture course in English literature at Columbia University to whom I have recommended it say too. After a year of sharing the dull food and what was for me the dull existence of English women in their colleges--with the dreariness occasionally lifted by glimpses of what the university gives men--I began to inquire into the reasons for the difference. The hours I spent in the British Museum and the Bodleian going over the miles of volumes written about women by men aroused more reflections and eventually the book VICTORIAN WORKING WOMEN, which your husband so generously reviewed in The Nation last summer. Will you please convey to him my belated thanks for his kindness?

Of your solid superstructure of fact, I was prepared to be appreciative, and for your historical approach to women's position in the arts. But the detachment, tact, and grace of A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN, and the deadly weapons of poetry, wit, and irony which compel the male reader to swallow unpalatable truth as if it were sugar are new in feministic writing. …

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