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Record Number: 17337


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Thomas Westwood to Elizabeth Barrett, 21 August 1844: 'I regret to say, dear Miss Barrett, that we have achieved our first reading of the book, & like silly children, who have plucked grape, by grape, till not one is left upon the stalk, we are wishing, with a sigh, that the pleasure were yet to come [...] let me thank you, first of all, for that little touch of kindness, which made itself warmly felt, when in cutting open the leaves I came to the "Romance of the Swan's Nest" [goes on to discuss other pieces in detail]'.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 13 Aug 1844 and 21 Aug 1844

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Thomas Westwood

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

26 Nov 1814

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

unknown

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Elizabeth Barrett

Title:

Poems

Genre:

Other religious, Fiction, Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

13 August 1844

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

17337

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis

Title:

The Brownings' Correspondence

Place of Publication:

Winfield

Date of Publication:

1991

Vol:

9

Page:

107-108

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence, (Winfield, 1991), 9, p. 107-108, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=17337, accessed: 27 May 2024


Additional Comments:

Barrett had used lines from Westwood's Beads From A Rosary as an epigraph for 'The Romance of the Swan's Nest'.

   
   
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