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Record Number: 21317


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Gissing, probably more than any of his contemporaries, knew well the main trends of European literature at that time, for he continued to read widely in both French and German, as well as English. During the eighteen-eighties, he re-read George Sand and much of Balzac; read Zola for the first time; purchased cheap German editions of Turgenev and read them all; was famiiar with Daudet, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and later de Maupassant; and read Ibsen as his work became available and in the late eighties saw his plays when they were performed for the first time in London'.

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1880 and 31 Dec 1889

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: probably London

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:

George Gissing

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

22 Nov 1857

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

author

Religion:

none

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:

Leo Tolstoy

Title:

[unknown]

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

21317

Source:

Print

Author:

Michael Collie

Editor:

n/a

Title:

George Gissing. A Biography

Place of Publication:

Folkestone

Date of Publication:

1977

Vol:

n/a

Page:

85

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Michael Collie, George Gissing. A Biography, (Folkestone, 1977), p. 85, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=21317, accessed: 20 February 2020


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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