Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

97 Typed; Signed: December 15, 1936

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

97 Typed; Signed: December 15, 1936

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INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WRITERS FOR THE

DEFENCE OF CULTURE

Executive Committee: British Section

Ras Mulk Anand, Lascelles Abercrombie, Charlotte Haldane, Rayner

Heppenstall, James Hanley, Cecil Day Lewis, Rose Macaulay,

Kingsley Martin, Geronwy Rees, Montagu Slater, Christina Stead,

Hugh Walpole, Rebecca West, Amabel Williams-Ellis

[begin strikethrough]ROMNEY'S HOUSE, HOLLYRBUSH HILL, LONDON N.W.3[end srikethrough]

CENtral 1654.

4, Crane Court, E.C.4.

15th December, 1936.

Mrs. Virginia Woolf,

52 Tavistock Square,

W.C.I.

Dear Mrs. Woolf,

The Executive Committee decided at the last meeting to send out a questionnaire to about 100 leading writers of this country with the intention of finding out their attitude in the face of the present social disaccord. We hope to make this a basis for a new critical study of aesthetic viewpoints in England and further, to rally to us the friendly writers who are yet hesitating, or who are unconscious, still, of the direction they have taken; and again, to sharpen for others, the prejudices they still cling to.... We should be most happy if you would sign the questionnaire, as one of its proposers.

These are the questions:

1. For whom do you write?

2. Do you think the writer suffers as an artist by taking part in political debate?

3. Do you consider any state of society ideal for artistic creation, as--Athenian, monastic, aristocratic (patronage), free competition; communal or collective; of living as, coffeehouse or bucolic. …

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