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Record Number: 29565


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'... your remarks on Great Expectations are very good. We have both re-read it this winter .. The object being a play ...'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

16 Mar 1883

Country:

France

Time

n/a

Place:

Hyères
specific address: Hotel des Iles d'Or, Hyères

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:

Robert Louis Stevenson

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

13 Nov 1850

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

writer

Religion:

atheist

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

France

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

letter to father, Thomas Stevenson


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Charles Dickens

Title:

Great Expectations

Genre:

Fiction, Drama

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

29565

Source:

Print

Author:

Robert Louis Stevenson

Editor:

Bradford Booth

Title:

The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson

Place of Publication:

New Haven and London

Date of Publication:

1994

Vol:

4

Page:

91

Additional Comments:

additional editor Ernest Mehew

Citation:

Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, (New Haven and London, 1994), 4, p. 91, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=29565, accessed: 24 September 2020


Additional Comments:

RLS seems to be reading a play based on Great Expectations, but he must also have read the book at some time in the past because he sees how much of the essential Dickens has been lost in the change from one genre to the other.

   
   
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