Woolf in the World: A Pen and a Press of Her Own
Virginia Woolf dedicated her first collection of essays “To Lytton Strachey.” According to Woolf’s diary, Strachey said The Common Reader “was divine, a classic.” Before reprinting the essays in November 1925, Woolf asked Strachey for his help: “you might tell me what the misprint in the Common Reader was that you snarled out at Leonard once in Gordon Sqre. We hope to reprint, & I’m collecting the more obvious & glaring howlers with which, I’m told, the book pullulates... Your old, rake, & fireside hag, V.” Strachey could not remember: “And the comble is that I cannot recal[l] the misprint in the Common Reader. All this is I believe the result of Sir Almeric Fitzroy, whose ‘memoirs’ I have been reading, and who has reduced me to a state of sawdust equal to his own ... Your Lytton.”
Presented by Frances Hooper ’14.