Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

78a Handwritten Enclosure; Incomplete (No Signature): January 4, 1932

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

78a Handwritten Enclosure; Incomplete (No Signature): January 4, 1932

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Tanah Rata

Cameron Highlands

via Tapah F.M.S.

4th Jan. 1932

My dearest Hilda

I can't find your last letter, but I don't think at any rate there was any business matter to reply to in it. Perhaps the one that did have business matters which I answered just before we went off for Xmas was really your last. But now I have "The Waves"! I am in the middle of it: I am in the midst of all that "Mysterium tremendum" feeling that overwhelms one in a new and powerful work of imagination, and can write nothing that's not ecstatic about it now. I read "Mrs. Dalloway" with interest and appreciation some years ago: but this with its new unfathomable technique, its possibilities that can never have been imagined before of subtlety and truthfulness, & of being at the centre of each personality, seems an unheralded and unsurpassable achievement. One (I haven't read Joyce though, except Anna Livia Plurabelle which is unintelligible) feels there is no other way of writing novels now! The prose is really imaginative prose, and not "poetic prose," I think; there is a wonderful wealth of images of sensation and feeling, and accumulations of such often bore or annoy me, but here they seem rightly used, for significance and beauty. …

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