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Record Number: 20061


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I read "Mansfield Park" [Jane Austen]. Proust applied to la petite noblesse de campagne. I also read Aristotle's Ethics, feeling that it was really high time, before I got to Rome, to know what was meant by "good".'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 21 Nov 1886 and 3 Jan 1932

Country:

Italy

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:

Harold Nicolson

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

21 Nov 1886

Socio-Economic Group:

Royalty / aristocracy

Occupation:

Diplomat

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

Italy

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Jane Austen

Title:

Mansfield Park

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

20061

Source:

Print

Author:

Harold Nicolson

Editor:

Nigel Nicolson

Title:

Vita and Harold

Place of Publication:

Great Britain

Date of Publication:

1992

Vol:

n/a

Page:

230-231

Additional Comments:

Quotation taken from a letter dated 3 January 1932 written by Harold Nicolson to Vita Sackville-West.

Citation:

Harold Nicolson, Nigel Nicolson (ed.), Vita and Harold, (Great Britain, 1992), p. 230-231, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=20061, accessed: 25 February 2020


Additional Comments:

The French quotation "la petite noblesse de campagne" is printed in italics. Harold wrote this letter from the Hotel Excelsior, Rome but appears to have had this reading experience as he was travelling to Rome.

   
   
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