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Record Number: 19990


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

E. M. Forster to Arthur Cole, 7 July 1905, following satirical account of English travellers met the previous day: 'These then are my thoughts [...] My books are equally stimulating: Wilhelm Tell -- which is thought mighty fine -- and Northanger Abbey, which I read aloud to Elizabeth [employer] in the evenings. Also Thais, but that I am only beginning.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Jun 1905 and 7 Jul 1905

Country:

Germany

Time

evening

Place:

city: Nassenheide

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:

Private tutor/Writer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

Germany

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

Mary Annette, Countess von Arnim-Schlegenthin


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Jane Austen

Title:

Northanger Abbey

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

19990

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:

78

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. 78, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=19990, accessed: 25 February 2020


Additional Comments:

Forster refers to his employer by name under which she published popular accounts of her domestic life, including Elizabeth and Her German Garden (1898).

   
   
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