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Record Number: 32970


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

‘When I clamp-clump-clamp-clumped into the Poetry Bookshop on Thursday, the poetic ladies were not a little surprised. The Readings were from Rabindranath Tagore, read by a Lady without much insight into the Hindu spirit. I could not speak to Monro, but he smiled sadly at my khaki … Did I tell you I got in half-price at “the Strand” to see the Scarlet Pimpernel. Fred Terry was indisposed, but I could hardly imagine a better impersonation than was done by the Understudy. I have just read "El Dorado", the last tale of the S. Pimpernel—not very readable.’

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

28 Oct 1915

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: London
specific address: Poetry Bookshop, 35 Devonshire Street
location in dwelling: Bookshop

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Listener:

Wilfrid Owen

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

18 Mar 1893

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

Second Lieutenant, Artists' Rifles

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:

Rabindranath Tagore

Title:

Gitanjali

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

32970

Source:

Print

Author:

Wilfred Owen

Editor:

Harold Owen

Title:

Wilfred Owen: Collected Letters

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1967

Vol:

n/a

Page:

363-64

Additional Comments:

Letter to undisclosed recipient, 30 October 1915, possibly written from Tavistock Square, London

Citation:

Wilfred Owen, Harold Owen (ed.), Wilfred Owen: Collected Letters, (London, 1967), p. 363-64, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=32970, accessed: 17 November 2019


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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