Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

113 *Typed: April 19, 1939

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

113 *Typed: April 19, 1939

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Editor: Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis, Fellow of Yale University

Farmington, Connecticut

19 April 1939.

Dear Mrs. Woolf,

I trust you don't mind my bursting in on you without ceremony. I am just back from a holiday in California to find the current Yale Review waiting for me and I cannot be ceremonious with one who has been so extraordinarily kind to me. Miss MacAfee had told me you had written an essay on Cole and Walpole, but she had carefully kept from telling me more so that my delight might be all the greater. My delight is very great indeed!

Oddly enough, you are the only reviewer of the two volumes who has pointed out that questions like the christian name of Cole's cook are really worth all the time and trouble they take. The pundits on both sides of the Atlantic have been very nice indeed about these two volumes, but you alone have said that this sort of thing is worth doing. (I am mortified about the cook's christian name! We probably could have got it from a parish register somewhere). This much I know, the satisfaction one gets from answering one of these minute questions is prodigious, out of all proportion to the importance of the thing discovered.

I wish I might call on you in Tavistock Square this summer, but my wife and I are taking a Sabbatical from England this year. (We decided to do so a year ago, before the Horror had come to you). I'd like to thank you in person for this perfectly intoxicating paper and I'd like to put your mind at rest about HW and Chatterton. HW was no more responsible for Chatterton's death than I am responsible for it. …

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