VIRGINIA WOOLF POLITELY DECLINES WRITING THE ENTRY FOR WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY IN THE ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA, SAYING THAT SHE KNOWS “SO LITTLE” ABOUT HIM!
WOOLF, VIRGINIA. (1882-1941). British novelist, essayist and critic. Scarce Typed Letter Signed, “Virginia Woolf”, on her light blue, imprinted 52 Tavistock Square, W.C.1. Telephone: Museum 2621 stationery. Full page, small quarto. Very fine condition. Bloomsbury, February 5, 1928. To: ‘Dear Mr. Lynd’. Woolf writes:
“Thank you very much for asking me to write the article on Thackeray in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
I’m afraid I cannot do it, as I am already too much engaged, and I know so little of Thackeray that I should have to give up more time than I can spare at present.
But it was very good of you to ask me, and I am sorry that I cannot manage it. With many thanks, yours sincerely, Virginia Woolf”.
Wonderfully signed in her characteristic deep lavender ink. Her letters are uncommon, and this is an attractive letter, with a fine association of literary names.