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Record Number: 32910


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

‘Here I am, sitting on my bed, half-reading Carlyle, little soaking through to my dull mind, when I become aware that a boxing match is being arranged … I am not altogether in agreement with the Russian attitude to suffering. It is too passive. In a review of Rupert Brooke’s "Letters from America", I found that Henry James had written to this effect, in the preface. “I admire the British soldier. His mind seems to contain a moral hospitality to all the vagaries of fortune” … So it does. He grins nearly all the time that one might expect him to have little reason for doing so … We are 14 miles away from Salisbury, near Tidworth. If we stay for any time I mean to visit Stonehenge.’

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

22 Mar 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:

Rupert Brooke

Title:

Letters from America

Genre:

Essays / Criticism, Geography / Travel

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

32910

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:

74-75

Additional Comments:

Letter to Marion Scott, from Park House Camp, Salisbury, 22 March 1916

Citation:

Ivor Gurney, R. K. R. Thornton (ed.), Ivor Gurney: Collected Letters, (Manchester, 1991), p. 74-75, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=32910, accessed: 21 November 2019


Additional Comments:

From the evidence it is not clear whether Gurney had read the TLS review (March 09, 1916; pg. 114; Issue 738) or whether he had also read the book itself, since the quotation from Henry James's preface is not to be found in the TLS review. It is of course entirely possible that he read another review in another periodical.

   
   
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