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Record Number: 32982


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

‘I am glad you sent that cutting from Wells’ Book. I hope you understood it. I did not. Not a word of it can I make sense of. I would rather we did not read this Book. Now "The Passionate Friends" I found astounding in its realism but like all the great terrible books it is impossible to “take sides”. It is not meant to be a comfortable book; it is discussional; it refuses to ignore the unpleasant … At present I am deep in a marvellous work of Hugo’s The Laughing Man.’

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 9 May 1917 and 16 May 1917

Country:

France

Time

daytime

Place:

city: Cerisy-Gailly
county: Somme
specific address: 13th Casualty Clearing Station

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:

Wilfred Owen

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

18 Mar 1893

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

2/Lt., 2nd Battalion Manchester 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:

Victor Hugo

Title:

l'Homme qui rit

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

32982

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:

461

Additional Comments:

Letter to unidentified recipient, 16 May 1917, 13th Casualty Clearing Station, Cerisy-Gailly (Somme)

Citation:

Wilfred Owen, Harold Owen (ed.), Wilfred Owen: Collected Letters, (London, 1967), p. 461, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=32982, accessed: 17 November 2019


Additional Comments:

It is not clear from the evidence whether Owen was reading this in French or in English, since the title is usually translated as "The Man Who Laughs" not "The Laughing Man".

   
   
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