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Record Number: 32922


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

‘This morning that extraordinarily unequal collection "The Golden Treasury" came out of its hiding place, and served to astonish me once more with its lasting wonders of the “Intimations” Ode. But what I really want is a Marcus Aurelius, a small cheap one. Would you send it me? The Gospels annoy me by their emptiness, and the eloquence of St Paul though good enough in some place is mere argumentative theology only too often … As for news, you in England are far more fortunate than we. My self I love newspapers when my brain is watery, and none I have seen that is not a week old. In reserve however I was a hardened but often puzzled reader of "Le Telegramme", "Le Journal", "Le Petit Parisien", "Le Matin".

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 15 Jun 1916 and 21 Jun 1916

Country:

France

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Fauquissart-Laventie
county: Pas-de-Calais
other location: trenches

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:

Title:

The Bible (New Testament)

Genre:

Bible

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

32922

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:

93

Additional Comments:

Letter to Ethel Voynich June 1916, from the trenches at Fauquissart-Laventie

Citation:

Ivor Gurney, R. K. R. Thornton (ed.), Ivor Gurney: Collected Letters, (Manchester, 1991), p. 93, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=32922, accessed: 17 November 2019


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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