Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

99 Typed; Signed: August 19, 1937

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

99 Typed; Signed: August 19, 1937

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REIGATE 3520

MOTLEY,

ST. ALBAN'S ROAD,

REIGATE, SURREY.

August 19, 1937

Dear Mrs. Woolf:

This letter does not ask for anything, not even for an answer. I write to ease my own conscience, because I have had so much from your books and value them so dearly that I must thank you.

They are helping me now to keep from running quite to seed during the intellectually lean years (entirely satisfying though they are in other ways) when my baby, my house, and my garden leave me so little time for the other world. There are always socks to mend, a pudding to make, dishes to wash; the baby has a pain, and the garden wants weeding. But there is one oasis in the day when my husband, who is a good one, gives me breakfast in bed, and then I have half an hour of one of your books. I always get from them a feeling of rest that comes from absolute rightness, and at the same time exhilaration from their bracing stimulus.

"The Years" sustained me through the first weeks after my son was born in April, when I had to make myself fly from the almost too absorbing interest of very new maternity. …

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