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Record Number: 33039


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

I am still revelling in "The Dynasts". The amount of historical reading and travelling that must have gone to compose such a work must have been tremendous the characters, especially Napoleon, are finely drawn: and the minor scenes, like the madness of George III and the abdication of Josephine, are as good as Shakespeare.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 7 Nov 1914 and 8 Dec 1914

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Cheriton
county: Kent
specific address: Shorncliffe Camp

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:

Charles Hamilton Sorley

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

19 May 1895

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

2/Lt, 7th Suffolk Regiment

Religion:

Christian by schooling, (no specified beliefs)

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Thomas Hardy

Title:

The Dynasts: A Drama of the Napoleonic Wars

Genre:

Drama, Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

33039

Source:

Print

Author:

Charles Hamilton Sorley

Editor:

Jean Moorcroft Wilson

Title:

The Collected Letters of Charles Hamilton Sorley

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1990

Vol:

n/a

Page:

206

Additional Comments:

Letter to parents, Sandgate, 8 December 1914

Citation:

Charles Hamilton Sorley, Jean Moorcroft Wilson (ed.), The Collected Letters of Charles Hamilton Sorley, (London, 1990), p. 206, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=33039, accessed: 16 October 2019


Additional Comments:

This letter from Sandgate possibly probably still reflects his ongoing reading experiences in the nearby Shorncliffe camp, rather than a change in Sorley's physical location.

   
   
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