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Record Number: 32882


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

‘J. E. Patterson has written a book around Minehead, perhaps "Fishers of the Sea", or no—"Love Like the Sea"; which I liked. Perhaps you might. He has power, but an amateurish trick of underlining his points which is irritating … The Sonnet of R. B. you sent me, I do not like. It seems to me that Rupert Brooke would not have improved with age, would not have broadened, his manner has become a mannerism, both in ryme and diction. I do not like it.’

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 29 Jun 1915 and 3 Aug 1915

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Epping
county: Essex
specific address: Wintry Farm Camp

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:

Ivor Bertie Gurney

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

28 Aug 1890

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Private, Gloucestershire Regiment

Religion:

Christian (Anglican)

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Rupert Brooke

Title:

"1914." Five Sonnets

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

32882

Source:

Print

Author:

Ivor Gurney

Editor:

R. K. R. Thornton,

Title:

Ivor Gurney: Collected Letters

Place of Publication:

Manchester

Date of Publication:

1991

Vol:

n/a

Page:

29

Additional Comments:

Letter to Marion Scott [violinist, musicologist] 3 August 1915, Wintry Farm Camp, Epping, Essex

Citation:

Ivor Gurney, R. K. R. Thornton, (ed.), Ivor Gurney: Collected Letters, (Manchester, 1991), p. 29, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=32882, accessed: 18 July 2019


Additional Comments:

It is not clear from the evidence whether the reader was sent the May 1915 volume of Brooke's poetry (and 'Sonnet' should read 'Sonnets' or whether this was a clipping from the TLS or some other print or MS form of a single sonnet.

   
   
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