The Eternal Moment

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The Eternal Moment

Reading experience
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Evidence

"I can"t tell you what delight and happiness The Eternal Moment has been to me, and I can"t thank you enough for your very great kindness in sending it to me. Even though I was undergoing the horrors of a bad attack of influenza, I realised what a wonderful book it is. Well, all I know is that ""The Machine Stops"" made me feel as though I had come out of dark tunnel in which I had always lived into an immense open space, and were seeing things living for the first time. I believe it is the most tremendous short story of our generation. But then the whole book has got every quality of beauty and truth and illumination. I do think ""The Point of It"" is such a wonderful story too, and ""The Eternal Moment"" is enough to frighten one out of one"s wits - but not to frighten one only. It is, in a way, the most terrifying ghost story I have ever read. The strange thing about these stories is that every time one reads them and I"ve read them all several times already, one finds fresh beauties in them. They seem to have an inexhaustible store."

Source

Selected letters of Edith Sitwell

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Reader(s) and listener(s)

Reader
Sitwell, Edith
Aged 41 [Experience in 1928, born in 1887]

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Date of Reading Experience
January 1 - March 30 1928
Time of Reading Experience
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Notes
Edith's effusive praise here may be an indication of the extent to which she agreed with the ethical values ( their ' ..quality of beauty and truth..') espoused in the book and the extent to which she was able to relate to the content of some of the stories personally. Her reaction to ' The Machine Stops' for example is, perhaps, an indication that she found the story an acute metaphor for the 'emotional distancing' that she suffered in her own life. We might consider that this is what she found'...illuminating...'

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Accessed on 2020/02/17 03:10:23

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England
Related people
Sitwell, Edith
Related text or manuscript
Selected letters of Edith Sitwell
Related place
England
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The Eternal Moment

Reading experience
Identifer:
ukred-19434

Evidence

"I can"t tell you what delight and happiness The Eternal Moment has been to me, and I can"t thank you enough for your very great kindness in sending it to me. Even though I was undergoing the horrors of a bad attack of influenza, I realised what a wonderful book it is. Well, all I know is that ""The Machine Stops"" made me feel as though I had come out of dark tunnel in which I had always lived into an immense open space, and were seeing things living for the first time. I believe it is the most tremendous short story of our generation. But then the whole book has got every quality of beauty and truth and illumination. I do think ""The Point of It"" is such a wonderful story too, and ""The Eternal Moment"" is enough to frighten one out of one"s wits - but not to frighten one only. It is, in a way, the most terrifying ghost story I have ever read. The strange thing about these stories is that every time one reads them and I"ve read them all several times already, one finds fresh beauties in them. They seem to have an inexhaustible store."

Source

Selected letters of Edith Sitwell

Text being read

EuRED : text status
TST4
EuRED : text form
TFO02
EuRED : text provenance
TPR207

Reader(s) and listener(s)

Reader
Sitwell, Edith
Aged 41 [Experience in 1928, born in 1887]

Details of the reading experience

Date of Reading Experience
January 1 - March 30 1928
Time of Reading Experience
EuRED : experience type
EXT13
EuRED : experience frequency
EXF3
Place of reading experience
England
EuRED : emotions
EuRED : intensity
EuRED : environment
EuRED : lighting
EuRED : testimony
EuRED : reliability
Notes
Edith's effusive praise here may be an indication of the extent to which she agreed with the ethical values ( their ' ..quality of beauty and truth..') espoused in the book and the extent to which she was able to relate to the content of some of the stories personally. Her reaction to ' The Machine Stops' for example is, perhaps, an indication that she found the story an acute metaphor for the 'emotional distancing' that she suffered in her own life. We might consider that this is what she found'...illuminating...'

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/75366
Accessed on 2020/02/17 03:10:23

Related place
England
Related people
Sitwell, Edith
Related text or manuscript
Selected letters of Edith Sitwell
Related place
England
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