In 1926 English writer Virginia Woolf wrote an essay entitled, "How Should One Read a Book?" to deliver as a lecture at a private girls' school in Kent, England. In revised form it appears to have been first published in The Yale Review, October, 1926. Along with other essays, it first appeared in book form in Woolf's The Common Reader: Second Series in 1932.
Woolf's essay first came to my attention when Maria Popova presented intriguing quotations from it with commentary and images in her Brain Pickings weekly blog on March 6, 2013.