Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

128a Typed; Enclosed Cable: September 12, 1940

Academic journal article Woolf Studies Annual

128a Typed; Enclosed Cable: September 12, 1940

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Received 12th September 1940 10 a.m.

My attention has just been called to a book about Roger Fry by Virginia Wolfe already published in England by the Hogarth Press 37 Mecklenburgh Square and to be published it is said in the United States by Harcourt Brace & Co. (stop) I should be very grateful if you would get a copy of the book and look at the letter quoted on pages 140 to 144 (stop) You will understand the distress this gives me (stop) Naturally I am concerned only with the purely personal references in the sentence near the top of page 141 beginning "I knew the answer beforehand" and the sentence at the middle of page 144 beginning "I always wondered"

I cannot think it would be the wish of Mrs Wolfe or of the Hogarth Press to give unnecessary distress to me and my family and it occurred to me that you might be able to appeal to the author and the English publishers to delete these sentences in future English additions and the forthcoming American edition (stop)

I shall be very grateful if you can secure at any rate the deletion of these special sentences since they are not important to any reader or to anyone else except my family (stop) Of course I might appeal to the American publishers but think it probable they might resent any effort to induce them to change the text of so distinguished an author except upon her own initiative and instructions and also because I think quite frankly your intercession over there would more likely be effective than mine here. …

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