Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

90 Typed; Signed: June 26, 1933

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

90 Typed; Signed: June 26, 1933

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TELEGR. POSTOTEL-ROUEN

TELEPHONE 77-79

INTER 11-03

MEMES MAISONS

ROYAL HOTEL

PARIS

GD. HOTEL DUPARC

CHATEL-GUYON

(P. DE D.)

GRAND HOTEL DE LA POSTE

ROUEN

August 20th, 1933

Dear Mrs. Woolf,

You are very kind to write about my book, and what you say is especially welcome for I have hoped that it would have some slight interest for persons who are not specialists in economic history. It was all in print before I read your second Common Reader last winter; otherwise I think I might have done better with it. I remember thinking that economic historians could learn a great deal from you, and I remember taking copious notes. Your chapter on the Two Parsons, bringing out as it does how the Industrial Revolution changed the way of life of even the remotest villager, is worth a great many volumes of competent but uninspired economic history. And, indeed, the whole of your Common Reader, both the first and second series, deals again and again with what ought to be, but seldom has been, the central theme of historians: how the problems of life and the manner of living have changed through six centuries of English history. …

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