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Record Number: 32907


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

‘Of all the written words of Man that help one submit to Destiny I know nothing more persuasive than that part of "War and Peace" which tells of Pierre’s captivity and his peasant friend. It is near the end, the first half of the last volume, I think—stamped with genius and a high loftiness, Bach-like and as true as his Preludes and Fugues.’

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 12 Aug 1915 and 22 Feb 1916

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Salisbury
county: Wiltshire
specific address: Park House 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:

Leo Tolstoy

Title:

War and Peace

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

32907

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:

69

Additional Comments:

Letter to Marion Scott, Park House Camp, Salisbury, 22 February 1916

Citation:

Ivor Gurney, R. K. R. Thornton (ed.), Ivor Gurney: Collected Letters, (Manchester, 1991), p. 69, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=32907, accessed: 17 July 2019


Additional Comments:

See also RED ID 32890 for earlier comments on reading this work. The date of reading has been entered as anywhere between previous letter on this book and this current one.

   
   
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