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Record Number: 33013


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

‘See … p. 54 "Sphere" for a good peep at Swinburne. Dam disgusting, excuse me … Have you seen Arnold Bennett’s "Pretty Lady". Fortunately I just secured my copy before circulation was prohibited [WO is incorrect here: several bookshops simply refused to stock it after complaints from the Roman Catholic Church]. The book is one which the century needs, as much as the Victorians needed Oliver Twist. As an amusing narrative it is unsurpassed, in spite of its being a collection of pieced-together idylls. If you can’t get it I shall send you my copy.’

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Apr 1918 and 21 Apr 1918

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Ripon
county: Yorkshire
specific address: Officers Command Depot 32 Lines

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:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Arnold Bennett

Title:

The Pretty Lady

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

33013

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:

546

Additional Comments:

Letter to Leslie Gunston, 21 April 1918, Ripon

Citation:

Wilfred Owen, Harold Owen (ed.), Wilfred Owen: Collected Letters, (London, 1967), p. 546, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=33013, accessed: 23 July 2019


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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