Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

123 Handwritten: [Late August/early September 1940]

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

123 Handwritten: [Late August/early September 1940]

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BROGYNTYN,

OSWESTRY.

Dear Virginia,

I must write to say how much I admired your life of Roger Fry. Speaking as a fellow-biographer, I can't imagine a harder problem, the writing the life of a friend soon after his death. On the one hand one must know too much: on the other one is allowed to say too little. To compose a portrait definite in outline yet not overweighted with detail would seem nearly impossible. But it is possible: you have done it. Perhaps R. F's [begin strikethrough]fir[end strikethrough] individuality is a little less vividly realised in boyhood & youth than it is later. But that is inevitable, since you must have made his acquaintance yourself later. As a whole the [begin strikethrough]book[end strikethrough] portrait is equally consistent & living. I felt I had known him. And I only wished I [begin strikethrough]cou[end strikethrough] had done so in real life. What a charming character & what an impressive attitude of mind! That mixture of hedonistic philosophy & serious Quaker prejudice is whimsical, but it too has a charm. I don't think I like people to be consistent.

It seems a long time since we met. …

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