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Woolf's Letter to Katherine Mansfield
13 February, 1921

In this long letter to the writer Katherine Mansfield, Woolf talks about how important it is “that women should learn to write.” Woolf is at work on her third novel, Jacob’s Room, but must stop to write reviews so that she can buy paper for the Hogarth Press. Leonard and Virginia Woolf printed many important works by their friends at the Hogarth Press, including The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot. Frances Hooper ’14, who assembled an important collection of Virginia Woolf’s manuscripts for Smith College, was particularly attracted to Woolf’s activities as a journalist and publisher.

Woolf letter page 1 (small) Woolf letter page 2 (small)
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At the end of the letter Woolf mentions the Memoir Club, “which gets more and more brilliant and more and more unreal.” This group of friends was formed in 1920 to read frank autobiographical essays to one another. Woolf’s personal memoirs from these meetings were not published until 1976 under the title Moments of Being.

Frances Hooper Collection of Virginia Woolf
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College

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