Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

107 *Typed: October 29, 1938

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

107 *Typed: October 29, 1938

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THE FORUM

570 Lexington Avenue, New York.

October 29, 1938.

Dear Mrs. Woolf,

My talk with you was a memorable event in an altogether memorable week. Thank you for receiving me so graciously at a time when you must have been under an unusually severe strain. The soft glowing colors of your drawingroom stand out against the sombre background of London in crisis, and I am wondering if you would be good enough to let me know the name of the manufacturer of the unusually lovely carpet and chintz. I have seen nothing to equal them over here, and if the prices are reasonable I do not see why an excellent market could not be built up in this country.

By the way, it might interest you to see what Mary Colum says about Three Guineas in her next Forum article. I enclose a proof.

I returned to find American riding high on a wave of pro-war, anti-Chamberlain emotion. All the old slogans of national honor, preservation of democracy etc. etc. in circulation again. America seems to have learned little if anything from the last war. It was not long enough, I suppose, to teach her the things we learned so painfully in those four terrible years. The radio commentators, headed, I am sorry to say, by Dorothy Thompson are filling the ether with outcry against the betrayal of the Czechs. In fact I think this country is very much disappointed that after such a magnificent full-dress rehearsal we refused to raise the curtain on the real thing! There are many aspects about the peace that I dislike, but from the bottom of my heart I am thankful that it is still peace, and not war. …

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