Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

84 Handwritten: October 15, 1932

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

84 Handwritten: October 15, 1932

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Burnhams,

Naphill,

Nr. Gt.Wycombe,

Bucks.

October 15th 1932.

Dear Miss Virginia Woolf,

May I tell you how grateful I am to you for "The Waves." I have been reading your work since I was at school and it has always helped me to have an unmuddled attitude to life, to see the vividness and importance of every minute, the significance of every action.

"The Waves" was a tremendous adventure. I have just read it a second time. So rarely, in prose, is anyone so keenly appreciative of individual words. It is like a symphony. Suddenly the English language is translated into fluid music, like Greek, so that a man who knew not a word of it, [begin strikethrough]coul[end strikethrough] could listen to it and realise its force and beauty and liquidity.

I felt compelled to write to you, because I do [begin strikethrough]fe[end strikethrough] believe in gratitude, and even from a very young and unimportant person it must give you a warm feeling to know you are so valued. …

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