WOOLF, VIRGINIA. 1882-1941.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Virginia Woolf"), 1 p, 8vo, London, n.d. but late January or early February, 1925, to Siegfried Sassoon, fine.
An attractive letter from Woolf to Siegfried Sassoon, wherein she writes somewhat mysteriously "I am sorry to hear that you are drunk, but look forward to the Epic of the Newfoundland dog, which is, I understand, to be something in the style of Jack Squire's 'Rugger.'" The editor of the London Mercury and a friend of several poets, Squire published a poem on varsity rugby entitled "The Rugger Match."
Woolf also arranges a dinner with Lord Berners, and appends a an invitation to "a despicable party ... at my sister-in-law's. No drink, only Newfoundland dogs." In fact, the party at Karin Stephens' house, attended by Vanessa and Clive Bell, Lytton Strachey, Stephen Tomlin, Eddie Sackville West, and "40 young Oxford men," seems to have involved plenty of drink, culminating in Eddie sitting "on the best tea cups" and with "sweets and jams stuck to his behind" (VW to Jacques Raverat, February 5, 1925). Despicable indeed.
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