Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

55 Handwritten: May 24, 1930

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

55 Handwritten: May 24, 1930

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24.5.30.

Dear Mrs. Woolf.

I rang you up last Vac, to ask you if I might come & see you, but hearing that you were very busy, and not feeling well, I thought you would not be pleased to see extra visitors.

I wanted to tell you about an idea that I had, to make an Anthology of Cambridge Women's Poetry, similar to the "Cambridge Poetry", published by the Hogarth Press. I have been collecting contributions from Girton & Newnham, and it seems to me that some of the poems are good. I should like very much to show them to you, & ask you whether you think the Anthology would be a good idea, & if the Hogarth Press would publish it. Personally, though no doubt there may be a diversity of opinion concerning the merit of the poems, I am convinced that from many points of view, it will be worth while making this Anthology. Not only will it be an encouragement to creative work on the part of University Women, but it will increase the prestige of Girton & Newnham in Cambridge. These reasons by themselves are not sufficient, but are undoubtedly good ones. I think, moreover, that there are a great many people who will be interested in catching a glimpse of the point of view of the more cultured "Undergraduettes", & I must say, that I am amazed myself, how little I know about the minds of the people who walk about the corridors of Girton with me every day! The poems are all extremely interesting from this sociological point of view, and some of them seem to me artistically excellent. …

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