Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

54 Handwritten: April 1, 1930

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

54 Handwritten: April 1, 1930

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Villa La Havane

Le Tholonet

Aix-en-Provence

France

April 1, 1930

Dear Mrs. Woolf:

This is a note of appreciation. I have read "Mrs. Dalloway", "To the Lighthouse", "Orlando", always with the deepest pleasure, and as much for the poetry I found there as for the reflections of life. Your work to me is a room of mirrors. So now when I discover you in "A Room of One's Own" expressing directly all my hidden rebellions, choosing for a title the one phrase that matters most to a young person trying to write: I am too happy not to tell you so.

I have very understanding parents, writers themselves, who are eager that I should have the opportunities they missed; who have learned that the business of earning one's bread destroys slowly the other hunger to create. Yet they could not sympathize with me for wanting to escape from them, from the family circle. I persisted, and under the guise of studying at an university here, have had a year of freedom--with a room of my own. When I go back to my country, Canada, again, there will be another struggle. But my father has read your book: from a letter he wrote, I believe he understands. …

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