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Record Number: 28440


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Of Charlotte Bronte's sojourn at Upperwood House, Rawdon, there is only one slight record apart from her letters. It is contained in a communication to the Westminster Gazette [May, 1901]. The writer [Mrs Strickland of Halstead Hastings] says: '"My mother, Mrs Slade of Hastings, now in her seventy-ninth year, distinctly remembers meeting the afterwards distinguished novelist at the house of Mr [John] White, a Bradford merchant, something like sixty years ago. At that time Miss Bronte was acting as governess to Mr White's children, and my mother has a vivid recollection of seeing her sitting apart from the rest of the family in a corner of the room, poring, in her short-sighted way, over a book. The impression she made on my mother was that of a shy nervous girl, ill at ease, who desired to escape notice and to avoid taking part in the general conversation."'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1841 and 31 Dec 1841

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Rawdon
county: Yorkshire
specific address: Upperwood House

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:

Governess

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:

Title:

n/a

Genre:

Unknown

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

28440

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:

225

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. 225, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=28440, accessed: 03 March 2021


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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