Virginia Woolf in London - 8 June, 1920

from The diary of Virginia Woolf. Vol.2, 1920-1924, page 47:

A bright night; with a fresh breeze.  An old beggar woman, blind, sat against a stone wall in Kingsway holding a brown mongrel in her arms & sang aloud.  There was a recklessness about her; much in the spirit of London.  Defiant - almost gay, clasping her dog as if for warmth.  How many Junes has she sat there, in the heart of London? How she came to be there, what scenes she can go through, I can't imagine. O damn it all, I say, why cant I know all that too? Perhaps it was the song at night that seemed strange; she was singing shrilly, but for her own amusement, not…   more >>

cite as

Virginia Woolf, and Anne Olivier Bell and Andrew McNeillie (ed.), The diary of Virginia Woolf. Vol.2, 1920-1924 (:London, 1978), p. 47. accessed: 13 June, 2024

location of experience: London


Virginia Woolf

Listening to

hide composers
Street singing

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 June, 1920
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:23:48 +0100
Approved on Sat, 19 Dec 2015 16:33:19 +0000