Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

71 Typed; Signed: December 5, 1931

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

71 Typed; Signed: December 5, 1931

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University, Virginia.

Dec. 5th 1931.

Dear Miss Woolf,

This letter is nothing more than a foolish expression of admiration for your latest work, foolish in that I have no intention of trying to analyze your book. (I need not add that I am in no wise connected with the Department of English Literature.) Perhaps I may best give vent to my enthusiasm by saying that, if a genius in the field of philosophy is to be defined as one who can ask questions nobody is able to answer, a genius in the field of literature may be regarded as one whose work produces in those of us who propose to write, a feeling of the utmost depression, culminating in a desire to destroy all that we have previously written and to retire to some convent, such as that of mathematics or the sciences. If I am ever cursed with a child who aspires to be an author, I shall do all in my power to prevent this hypothetical offspring from getting hold of your works; in the mean time, I shall reread them as often as possible. In short, I like your book. …

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