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Record Number: 19974


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

E. M. Forster to Laura Mary Forster, 3 March 1898: 'I will tell how I spent my prize money. I got Browning's Poems in two volumes, two volumes of Jebb's Sophocles, Kugler's History of Italian Painting in two volumes, and last but not least Jane Austen in 10 volumes. It is such a lovely edition, in green cloth with beautiful print and paper, and each volume is very light to hold [...] Each novel goes into two volumes, except Persuasion & Northanger Abbey, who only take one. I am reading the latter again, & I am more delighted with it than ever.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1898 and 3 Mar 1898

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:

Edward Morgan Forster

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1 Jan 1879

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Undergraduate student

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Jane Austen

Title:

Northanger Abbey

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

In 10-volume set of Austen's novels

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

19974

Source:

Print

Author:

E. M. Forster

Editor:

Mary Lago and P. N. Furbank

Title:

Selected Letters of E. M. Forster

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1983

Vol:

1

Page:

24

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

E. M. Forster, Mary Lago and P. N. Furbank (ed.), Selected Letters of E. M. Forster, (London, 1983), 1, p. 24, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=19974, accessed: 20 February 2020


Additional Comments:

Money was a half-share of prize for Latin verse awarded by King's College, Cambridge; see p.25 n.1.

   
   
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