Saturday, January 9, 2016

Tavistock: January 9, 2016

Tavistock Sq: Unveiling Woolf Bust--Hermione Lee, Eileen Atkins, & Anne Oliver Bell
Wednesday 9 January [1924]

           At this very moment, or fifteen minutes ago to be precise, I bought the ten years lease of 52 Tavistock Sqre London W.C. 1—I like writing Tavistock.  Subject of course to the lease, & to Providence, & to the unforeseen vagaries on the part of old Mrs Simons, the house is ours: & the basement, & the billard room, with the rock garden on top, & the view of the square in front & the desolated buildings behind, & Southampton Row, & the whole of London – London thou art a jewel of jewels, & jasper of jocunditie – music, talk, friendship, city views, books, publishing, something central & inexplicable, all this is now within my reach. 

(D2, 282-3)

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