Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

91 Handwritten: September 5, [1933]

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

91 Handwritten: September 5, [1933]

Article excerpt

Harveys,

Glynde.

September 5th

Dear Mrs Woolf,

Very many thanks for these. Have you written, or are you writing, a book about Elizabeth Barrett's spaniel, or have I been dreaming more than usual? Did you see the twaddle Vachell has written in today's 'Post'? 'Cultivate your garden,' sez 'e. Literally & to the exclusion of all else. 'Get under God's own sky in God's own country (the west of England, apparently), soak in rain & sweat & cease to think, O intense Youth of Today. Thought, except about rock gardens & ale, I mean cider, is a sign of sluggish lives. Get back to nature, & be Better Youth. Wash your face in dew.' Doesn't he know about Stepney & things? Hasn't everybody got to think like fury? Not that it's of any use whatever; only every time I go on the downs & walk for hours with my dog & meet no one & my whole body sings with delight, I see garbagey gutters & lousy babies playing in them & women giving birth to hundreds more in the hovels behind the gutters. And then Vachell--'Civilization isn't rotten, everything will be quite all right, you'll find, without any precocious pessimism on your part, youth of today. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.