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Record Number: 32908


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

‘I think we are quite near [departure for] the front—the fighting line, but at least I have control enough of my mind to think very little of this. The only thought that disturbs me ever, is that all my continual striving and endeavour to become a fit and full man (“full man” is Shakespeare [Antony & Cleopatra]) may be ended by a German bullet or bayonet. But then my belief in our destiny rises clear and strong and in spite of my sick mind, and by the help of the last volume or so of "War and Peace" I am calm again. Read it, boy, read it … "War and Peace" & Shakespeare & Whitman & St Matthew & Wordsworth & Plutarch is a pretty complete diet—mental pabulum.’

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 22 Feb 1916 and 28 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:

32908

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:

71-2

Additional Comments:

Letter to Herbert Howells, composer and organist, from Park House Camp, Salisbury, 22 February 1916

Citation:

Ivor Gurney, R. K. R. Thornton, (ed.), Ivor Gurney: Collected Letters, (Manchester, 1991), p. 71-2, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=32908, accessed: 18 July 2019


Additional Comments:

See also RED ID 32889 and RED ID 32907 for earlier comments on reading this work. The date of reading has been entered as between the previous letter on this book and this current one.

   
   
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