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Record Number: 32950


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

‘Have you seen any reviews of Maeterlinck’s latest book, and if so, what do you think of the ideas it sets forth? There was a glorious piece of writing in last week’s "Observer"—a review of GKC of Masefield’s "Gallipoli". Also a hopeless piece of precious pedantry by Alice Meynell … Miss Scott has introduced me to Aeschylus, of whom I will say that "Agamemnon" and "Prometheus Bound" are very great works, and of Blackie the translator that he had something like genius [Lyrical Dramas of Aeschylus, Everyman ed., 1906]. The stars are glorious now, but this land is lowlying and misty.’

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Sep 1916 and 16 Sep 1916

Country:

France

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Laventie
county: Pas-de-Calais
specific address: Fort d'Esquin

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:

Aeschylus

Title:

Agamemnon

Genre:

Classics, Drama

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

J. S. Blackie's (1906) translation specified

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

32950

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:

148

Additional Comments:

Letter to Ethel Voynich 16 September 1916, from Fort d'Esquin

Citation:

Ivor Gurney, R. K. R. Thornton (ed.), Ivor Gurney: Collected Letters, (Manchester, 1991), p. 148, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=32950, accessed: 17 July 2019


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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