Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

119 Handwritten: August 11, 1940

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

119 Handwritten: August 11, 1940

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Dear Mrs. Woolf--I found yr life of R. F. at the Club & read % of the book. You have done a fine & convincing portrait. I expected, of course, a discerning appreciation of Roger's distinguished qualities & had confidence in the fairness of yr attitude to others with whom he was concerned. The book is likely to remain as a convincing biography of a character, of a man who played a notable part in his time. The next generation will place him & the rest of us--how & where we cannot foretell.

There is one phrase you use, unless my fallible memory deceives me, wh. suggests judgment has already been possible, wherein you assert that those of us who didn't follow Roger have been left behind. Is it not possible that R. F's position as an artist was insufficient to effect those who had vision of their own when he wished to establish a new center? Painters are influenced by other painters who have greater powers & vision, by such men as Whistler, Degas, Manet & Cezanne, but not by cognoscenti, however learned & vital. The artists who influenced the younger men on whom Roger used his attractive & fertile mind also influenced younger men in Tokyo, New York, in fact everywhere, without R. F's intervention. Are you sure that his influence didn't deter some of the younger men from following their natural bent? …

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