Prince Hempseed

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Prince Hempseed

Reading experience
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"I have just read Prince Hempseed for the first time. I do hope you don"t mind my writing to you about it, because I think it is such a fine book and I was deeply moved by it. It seems to me to be more alive psychologically than any novel by a living English writer that I have read, and one would have thought that even the impenetrable stupidity of the British public would have been pierced by the terible sincerity and truth of this book. But I suppose you"ve had the usual kind of abuse. I couldn"t have believed, until I read Prince Hempseed, that any book about a child could be so interesting; but this goes beyond interest, and all I can say is, if the English people would read this book properly, they might become less brutish. It"s an awful thing to think of poor sensitive bewildered children being driven into life like this, amidst such hopeless loneliness. I hope you don"t mind me saying all this; but, you see, I do thinkthe book is such a fine achievement that I can"t help telling you so. I wonder if Dr. Henry Head has read it. He"s always saying he wishes someone would write a really fine book about a child"s psychology....At least he said so on the few occasions when I have met him...."

Source

Selected letters of Edith Sitwell

Text being read

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Reader(s) and listener(s)

Reader
Sitwell, Edith
Aged 37 [Experience in 1924, born in 1887]

Details of the reading experience

Date of Reading Experience
March 12 1924
Time of Reading Experience
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Notes
A passionately expressed letter which may tell us as much about Edith herself as about her reflection on Schiff's text. Beyond her poetry,Edith was prone to embed her own feelings of childhood loneliness and separation in her biographical works and literary criticism. Throughout her life, Edith also had an ambivalent and sometimes antagonistic relationship with the 'British public' and literary circles and 'I suppose you've had the usual kind of abuse' may again be self referencing. Schiff had previously (1918) helped to finance Osbert Sitwell's publication Life and Letters and was well known in modernist circles. Edith would subsequently develop a friendship with both Schiff and his wife, Violet. Sir Henry Head (1861-1940) was a neurologist whose work was well known within the literary and social circles of the time and, with a reputation for radical opnions, he was of great interest to the Bloomsbury Group.

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Selected letters of Edith Sitwell
http://eured.univ-lemans.fr/dbworkshop/index.php/Detail/objects/74037
Accessed on 2020/10/25 23:00:51

Related place
England
Related people
Sitwell, Edith
Related text or manuscript
Selected letters of Edith Sitwell
Related place
England
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 Schiff had previously (1918) helped to finance Osbert Sitwell's publication Life and Letters and was well known in modernist circles. Edith would subsequently develop a friendship with both Schiff and his wife, Violet.

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Prince Hempseed

Reading experience
Identifer:
ukred-18657

Evidence

"I have just read Prince Hempseed for the first time. I do hope you don"t mind my writing to you about it, because I think it is such a fine book and I was deeply moved by it. It seems to me to be more alive psychologically than any novel by a living English writer that I have read, and one would have thought that even the impenetrable stupidity of the British public would have been pierced by the terible sincerity and truth of this book. But I suppose you"ve had the usual kind of abuse. I couldn"t have believed, until I read Prince Hempseed, that any book about a child could be so interesting; but this goes beyond interest, and all I can say is, if the English people would read this book properly, they might become less brutish. It"s an awful thing to think of poor sensitive bewildered children being driven into life like this, amidst such hopeless loneliness. I hope you don"t mind me saying all this; but, you see, I do thinkthe book is such a fine achievement that I can"t help telling you so. I wonder if Dr. Henry Head has read it. He"s always saying he wishes someone would write a really fine book about a child"s psychology....At least he said so on the few occasions when I have met him...."

Source

Selected letters of Edith Sitwell

Text being read

EuRED : text status
TST4
EuRED : text form
TFO02
EuRED : text provenance
TPR215

Reader(s) and listener(s)

Reader
Sitwell, Edith
Aged 37 [Experience in 1924, born in 1887]

Details of the reading experience

Date of Reading Experience
March 12 1924
Time of Reading Experience
EuRED : experience type
EXT122
EuRED : experience frequency
EXF3
Place of reading experience
England
EuRED : emotions
EuRED : intensity
EuRED : environment
EuRED : lighting
EuRED : testimony
EuRED : reliability
Notes
A passionately expressed letter which may tell us as much about Edith herself as about her reflection on Schiff's text. Beyond her poetry,Edith was prone to embed her own feelings of childhood loneliness and separation in her biographical works and literary criticism. Throughout her life, Edith also had an ambivalent and sometimes antagonistic relationship with the 'British public' and literary circles and 'I suppose you've had the usual kind of abuse' may again be self referencing. Schiff had previously (1918) helped to finance Osbert Sitwell's publication Life and Letters and was well known in modernist circles. Edith would subsequently develop a friendship with both Schiff and his wife, Violet. Sir Henry Head (1861-1940) was a neurologist whose work was well known within the literary and social circles of the time and, with a reputation for radical opnions, he was of great interest to the Bloomsbury Group.

How to cite this record

You can copy this item for personal use, share it, and post it on a blog or website. It cannot be used commercially without permission. Please ensure the following credit accompanies it:

Selected letters of Edith Sitwell
http://eured.univ-lemans.fr/dbworkshop/index.php/Detail/objects/74037
Accessed on 2020/10/25 23:00:51

Related place
England
Related people
Sitwell, Edith
Related text or manuscript
Selected letters of Edith Sitwell
Related place
England
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 Schiff had previously (1918) helped to finance Osbert Sitwell's publication Life and Letters and was well known in modernist circles. Edith would subsequently develop a friendship with both Schiff and his wife, Violet.

Sir Henry Head (1861-1940) was a neurologist whose work was well known within the literary and social circles of the time and, with a reputation for radical opnions, he was of great interest to the Bloomsbury Group.  </note>
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I couldn"t have believed, until I read Prince Hempseed, that any book about a child could be so interesting; but this goes beyond interest, and all I can say is, if the English people would read this book properly, they might become less brutish. It"s an awful thing to think of poor sensitive bewildered children being driven into life like this, amidst such hopeless loneliness. I hope you don"t mind me saying all this; but, you see, I do thinkthe book is such a fine achievement that I can"t help telling you so. 

I wonder if Dr. Henry Head has read it. He"s always saying he wishes someone would write a really fine book about a child"s psychology....At least he said so on the few occasions when I have met him...."

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