WOOLF, VIRGINIA. 1882-1941. Autograph Letter Signed ("Virginia Woolf"), 1 p, 4to,

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WOOLF, VIRGINIA. 1882-1941.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Virginia Woolf"), 1 p, 4to,

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WOOLF, VIRGINIA. 1882-1941.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Virginia Woolf"), 1 p, 4to, London, November 20, 1936, to R.W. CHAPMAN, on personal stationery, a little toned at edges.
Provenance: Sotheby's, Jul 25, 1978, lot 487.

EXPRESSING HER REVULSION FOR THE COMMON ATTITUDE TOWARDS JANE AUSTEN. Woolf's correspondent, R.W. Chapman (1881-1960), was the editor of Austen's letters to her sister and of the critical edition Austen's novels (1923, rev. 1933). In this letter Woolf warmly thanks Chapman for sending her his edition of the extant manuscript of the last two chapters from Persuasion, and adds: "I have often thought of writing an article on the coarseness of J.A. The people who talk of her as if she were a niminy piminy eviscerated spinster always annoy me. But I suppose I should annoy them...."
Woolf had already written at least one article on Jane Austen at the time of Chapman's first edition of the Novels, which memorably begins, "Anybody who has had the temerity to write about Jane Austen is aware of two facts: First, that of all great writers she is the most difficult to catch in the act of greatness; second, that there are 25 elderly gentlemen living in the neighborhood of London who resent any slight upon her genius as if it were an insult offered to the chastity of their aunts." Woolf continued by speculating on the novels Austen would have written had she not died at 42, in language which evokes Woolf's own work, "She would have devised a method, clear and composed as ever, but deeper and more suggestive, for conveying not only what people say, but what they leave unsaid...." (The Nation, 1924).

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