Quotation by Virginia Woolf

If behind the erratic gunfire of the press the author felt that there was another kind of criticism, the opinion of people reading for the love of reading, slowly and unprofessionally, and judging with great sympathy and yet with great severity, might this not improve the quality of his work? And if by our means books were to become stronger, richer, and more varied, that would be an end worth reaching.
Virginia Woolf (1882–1941), British novelist, essayist, and diarist. The Second Common Reader, ch. 22 (1932).
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