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Record Number: 32795


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'One sat or stood waiting, humbly, through hours which scarcely melted, for something to happen, something which would bring this eternity to a conclusion: but, one felt, there would be no end. Beset by the aromas of humanity, German and British, cooking, and foreign cigars ... I tried to read Jude the Obscure, and found the tragedy of the young craftsman extravagantly mawkish beside the long crucifixion of the men in the front line. Above our head five tanks petered out and stuck immovable in the mud. Their presence induced an extra jointure of shells from the distance.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 19 Nov 1916 and 26 Nov 1916

Country:

France

Time

daytime

Place:

city: Beaumont-Hamel
other location: trenches

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:

Guy Patterson Chapman

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

11 Sep 1889

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Second Lieutenant, 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers

Religion:

Church of England

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

France

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Thomas Hardy

Title:

Jude the Obscure

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

32795

Source:

Print

Author:

Guy Chapman

Editor:

n/a

Title:

A Passionate Prodigality: Fragments of Autobiography

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1933

Vol:

n/a

Page:

162-3

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Guy Chapman, A Passionate Prodigality: Fragments of Autobiography, (London, 1933), p. 162-3, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=32795, accessed: 17 November 2019


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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