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Record Number: 32960


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

‘I am back in the Trenches now and my address is altered as you notice. Thank you for Lawrence offer but cloth books are so bulky and impossible out here. I have sent home the Georgian book. I know his poems a little and admire his power, but not his outlook. I suppose he is the necessary spokesman for people that way inclined … I read an excellent poem in the Westminster Gazette; it got the prize there … do you know who wrote it? Its by someone at the front.’

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 6 Aug 1916 and 31 Aug 1916

Country:

France

Time

n/a

Place:

county: Somme
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:

Isaac Rosenberg

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

25 Nov 1890

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

Private, 11th Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancasters Regiment

Religion:

Jewish

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:

Westminster Gazette

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Newspaper

Publication Details

5 August 1916

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

32960

Source:

Print

Author:

Isaac Rosenberg

Editor:

Ian Parsons

Title:

The Collected Works of Isaac Rosenberg: Poetry, Prose, Letters, Paintings and Drawings

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1984

Vol:

n/a

Page:

243

Additional Comments:

Letter to Sydney Schiff late August 1916 from the trenches

Citation:

Isaac Rosenberg, Ian Parsons (ed.), The Collected Works of Isaac Rosenberg: Poetry, Prose, Letters, Paintings and Drawings, (London, 1984), p. 243, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=32960, accessed: 15 November 2019


Additional Comments:

The poem: Anon, “Me and Bill and Ginger,” Saturday Westminster Gazette, 5 August 1916.

   
   
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