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Record Number: 30307


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'In one letter, written in June 1893, he logs Swinburne's Poems and Ballads, Lorna Doone ("seventh or eighth time"), Saintsbury's Essays on French Novelists, Dumas's Tulipe Noire, Maupassant, and some poems of Hugo and Gautier. A month later he is reporting on Andrew Lang's Lectures on Literature ("very good"), P. G. Hamerton's Intellectual Life ("excellent"), the poems of Robert Bridges ("very good") Henry James's Madonna of the Future ("peculiar"), R. L. Stevenson's Kidnapped and Master of Ballantrae ("fourth or fifth time"), Hugo's Notre Dame de Paris, and Ibsen's Doll House, League of Youth and Pillars of Society. "I am beginning to like Ibsen more than I did. I understand him better."'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Jul 1893

Country:

U.K.

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

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:

John Buchan

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

n/a

Date of Birth:

26 Aug 1875

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
cleric's son

Occupation:

student

Religion:

C of Scotland

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

U.K.

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Henry James

Title:

Madonna of the Future

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

30307

Source:

Print

Author:

Janet Adam Smith

Editor:

n/a

Title:

John Buchan: A Biography

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1965

Vol:

n/a

Page:

36

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Janet Adam Smith, John Buchan: A Biography, (London, 1965), p. 36, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=30307, accessed: 30 November 2021


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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