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Record Number: 32917


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

‘Distant from us by 300 yards … snipers were continually firing, and rockets … lit up the night outside … we had two days like that, and played Auction Bridge, talked, read, smoked and went through a trench mortar strafe together … it is impossible to read much in this new environment. "Antony and Cleopatra" in the dugout and Cobbett’s "Rural Rides" in the vacant spaces before [Le Sart, 25–31 May]—not many of those. O yes, and F. S. Oliver’s Ordeal by Battle, a striking book.’

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 31 May 1916 and 8 Jun 1916

Country:

France

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Riez Bailleul
county: Nord
other location: dugout

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:

France

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

William Shakespeare

Title:

Antony and Cleopatra

Genre:

Drama

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

32917

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:

91-2

Additional Comments:

Letter to Catherine Abercrombie June 1916, from trenches at Riez Bailleul.

Citation:

Ivor Gurney, R. K. R. Thornton (ed.), Ivor Gurney: Collected Letters, (Manchester, 1991), p. 91-2, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=32917, accessed: 13 November 2019


Additional Comments:

see also letter to Herbert Howells RED ID 32908 with reference to "Antony and Cleopatra."

   
   
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