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Record Number: 25797


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Books read by Oscar Wilde in Reading Gaol, July 1896-December 1896, taken from his list of books requested and then sent by his friends. Source text author notes that Wilde read and re-read everything available to him in prison. 'Greek Testament, Milman's History of the Jews; Farrar's St Paul, Tennyson's Poems (complete in one volume), Percy's Reliques (the collection of old ballads), Christopher Marlowe's Works, Carlyle's Sartor Resartus and Life of Frederick the Great, A prose translation of Dante's Divine Comedy, Keats's Poems, Chaucer's Poems, Spenser's Poems, Renan's Vie de Jesus and The Apostles, Ranke's History of the Popes, Critical and Historical Essays by Cardinal Newman, Emerson's Essays (If possible in one volume), Cheap edition of Dickens's Works.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jul 1896 and 31 Dec 1896

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Reading
specific address: Reading Gaol
location in dwelling: Cell

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:

Oscar Wilde

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

16 Oct 1854

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

writer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

Ireland

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Charles Dickens

Title:

Complete Works

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (institution library)


Source Information:

Record ID:

25797

Source:

Print

Author:

Thomas Wright

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Oscar's Books

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

2008

Vol:

n/a

Page:

Appendix IIb, p. 320

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas Wright, Oscar's Books, (London, 2008), p. Appendix IIb, p. 320, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=25797, accessed: 20 February 2020


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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