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Record Number: 32902


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

‘Someone has lent me two of Tchekof’s [Chekhov]'s plays—"The Sea-gull" and "The Cherry Orchard". The first I have read twice and am very struck with it—for its truth and its well drawn characters. I must read the other again before I decide, but it will probably not please me so much … Hauptmann’s "Sunken Bell" is good, but not very good, I think … We are expecting Zeps tonight as there is a rumour of four somewhere about. But Chelmsford is a straggly place and probably not easy to spot.’

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 12 Aug 1915 and 30 Sep 1915

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

Chelmsford
Essex

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:

Gerhart Hauptmann

Title:

The Sunken Bell

Genre:

Drama, Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

32902

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:

44

Additional Comments:

Letter to Ethel Voynich late September 1915, Chelmsford, Essex

Citation:

Ivor Gurney, R. K. R. Thornton (ed.), Ivor Gurney: Collected Letters, (Manchester, 1991), p. 44, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=32902, accessed: 16 November 2019


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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