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Record Number: 29907


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'But having time to write up this, with a letter or so, to fifnish the amazing "Ambassadors", as well as "Embarrassments" (I and III especially good) the unusual "Other House" and a volume of Leslie Stephen (a little diffuse), and eaten very little with never a threat of nausea, I have suffered from nothing beyond irritation at the abnormal dalay,with faint boredom at the meals.[...] Read also five Sonnets every morning.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 19 Oct 1916 and 22 Oct 1916

Country:

At sea

Time

n/a

Place:

other location: On board the "Bellview" between Rabugh (Arabia) and Suez.

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:

Ronald Storrs

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

19 Nov 1881

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

diplomat (colonial civil servant)

Religion:

Christian (Anglican)

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

At sea

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Henry James

Title:

Embarrassments

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

first published 1896

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

29907

Source:

Print

Author:

Ronald Storrs

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Orientations

Place of Publication:

London (Readers Union Edn.)

Date of Publication:

1939 (1937)

Vol:

n/a

Page:

189

Additional Comments:

Diary entry dated 19th October 1916 but clearly spanning several days, incorporated into source text.

Citation:

Ronald Storrs, Orientations, (London (Readers Union Edn.), 1939 (1937)), p. 189, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=29907, accessed: 30 November 2021


Additional Comments:

Storrs was taking part in several fact finding journeys to the Arabian coast to assess the Turkish advances in the Hejaz, towards Mecca. T. E. Lawrence was his companion on at least one of these voyages (see source text p.180) though there is no evidence here that they read together or shared books.

   
   
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