Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

127 Handwritten: September 23, 1940

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

127 Handwritten: September 23, 1940

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ORCHARD HILL

BRENT KNOLL,

HIGHBRIDGE, SOM.

PHONE 77.

23. Sep. 40-

Dear Mrs Woolf. I have had many thoughts of writing to you since, many days ago, I finished the Biography--but in these days it is difficult to bring one's mind to any letter that is not immediate. I have 6 refugees from Poplar--a doctor, wife, sister & 3 children who were roaming about homeless, & 2 boys from Dagenham in the house, so I am domestic only occupied,--tho' I don't mean to imply am cooking or sweeping.

Everyone (one single exception) feels yr. book a great achievement. & I am full of admiration for as much as I can discuss of the craftsmanship. It takes an artist in words to write an artist's life, & here the 2 streams meet & enrich each other. You have woven, or welded, or kneaded yr. material so completely into a new whole,--the real word is composed I suppose, & one just feels the structure enough to admire it. And I admire your omissions--the tedious details & facts wh. a pedestrian writer would have felt bound to give

I still feel my Parents come out of it badly, but you have shown me much of Roger's life & character that I only dimly recognized before, & made me proud of things I took for granted. …

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