On Woolf’s Resounding:

August 6, 2009

It seems authors would go about sounding themselves, alike!

Again, from Recollections of Virginia Woolf: 189. Louie Mayer remembers:

“The floors in Monk’s House [the Woolfs’ country retreat] were very thin, the bathroom was directly above the kitchen and when Mrs. Woolf was having her bath before breakfast I could hear her talking to herself. On and on she went, talk, talk, talk: asking questions and giving herself the answers. I thought there must be two or three people up there with her. When Mr. Woolf saw that I looked startled he told me that [Virginia] always said the sentences out loud that she had written during the night. She needed to know if they sounded right and the bath was a good, resonant place for trying them out.”


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