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Record Number: 28432


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

[Charlotte Bronte to Ellen Nussey, on life as a teacher at Miss Wooler's school, Dewsbury Moor, June 1837:] 'My life since I saw you last has passed on as monotonously and unvaryingly as ever, nothing but teach, teach, teach, from morning till night. The greatest variety I ever have is afforded by a letter from you, or a call from the Taylors [friends], or by meeting with a pleasant new book. "The Life of Oberlin" and Legh Richmond's "Domestic Portraiture" are the last of this description I have perused. The latter work strongly attracted, and strangely fascinated, my attention. Beg, borrow, or steal it without delay; and read the "Memoir of Wilberforce," that short record of a brief, uneventful life, I shall never forget; it is beautiful, not on account of the incidents it details, but because of the simple narration it gives of the life and death of a young, talented, and sincere Christian. Get the book, Ellen (I wish I had it to give you), read it and tell me what you think of it.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1837 and 30 Jun 1837

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Dewsbury Moor
county: Yorkshire

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:

Charlotte Bronte

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

21 Apr 1816

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

School teacher

Religion:

n/a

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:

Thomas Sims

Title:

Brief Memorials of Jean Frédéric Oberlin

Genre:

Biography, Education

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1830

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

28432

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Thomas James Wise and John Alexander Symington

Title:

The Brontes: Their Lives, Friendships and Correspondence

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1980

Vol:

I-II

Page:

159-160

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas James Wise and John Alexander Symington (ed.), The Brontes: Their Lives, Friendships and Correspondence, (Oxford, 1980), I-II, p. 159-160, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=28432, accessed: 03 March 2021


Additional Comments:

Details of author, title, and publication date of text supplied at p.159 n.1 in source, where it is also noted that Johan Friedrich Oberlin (1740-1826) was an Alsatian pastor and pioneer of education.

   
   
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