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Record Number: 32385


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'In the mornings in bed I am going over "Sense and Sensibility" again which I had nearly forgotten. Do you remember Mrs Jennings and Marianne Dashwood and the rest?'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 10 Sep 1916 and 21 Sep 1916

Country:

Northern Ireland

Time

morning: 'in the mornings in bed'

Place:

Belfast
County Down
'Little Lea', 76 Circular Road
Bedroom

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:

Clive Staples Lewis

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

29 Nov 1898

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Student

Religion:

Church of England

Country of Origin:

Northern Ireland

Country of Experience:

Northern Ireland

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Jane Austen

Title:

Sense and Sensibility

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

32385

Source:

Print

Author:

C. S. Lewis

Editor:

Walter Hooper

Title:

C. S. Lewis Collected Letters

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

2000

Vol:

1

Page:

223

Additional Comments:

From a letter to Arthur Greeves, 18 September 1916. Mrs Jennings and Marianne Dashwood are characters in the novel.

Citation:

C. S. Lewis, Walter Hooper (ed.), C. S. Lewis Collected Letters, (London, 2000), 1, p. 223, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=32385, accessed: 27 February 2020


Additional Comments:

Lewis had first read 'Sense and Sensibility' some two years before the experience described above. He had likewise written to Greeves about the earlier reading: 'I am now engaged in reading "Sense & Sensibility." It is undoubtedly one of her best. Do you remember the Palmer family?' (From a letter to Arthur Greeves, [26 September 1914], v.1.,p.71). The Palmers are characters in the novel. I have marked the provenance as 'unknown' because although Lewis may have owned the book, it may equally well have belonged to his father, or been borrowed from the public library.

   
   
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