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Record Number: 33549


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'We had spent many an evening in Teheran, poring over maps and discussing our journey across the Bakthiari country. It had not been easy to get information; the maps were most inadequate; there seemed to be no books in Teheran available on the subject of more recent date than Sir Henry Layard's, which related an expedition undertaken in 1840, nor were there any Europeans in Teheran who had travelled over the Bakhtiari Road. We had to rely on a few letters, none of which were very reassuring. A young officer in the Indian Army wrote that he had never been so exhausted in his life, and other accounts spoke of precipices and crazy bridges, and swirling rivers to ford, - all of which, save for the wail about exhaustion, proved to be completely misleading.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Apr 1926 and 30 Apr 1926

Country:

Persia

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Teheran

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:

Vita Sackville-West

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

9 Mar 1892

Socio-Economic Group:

Royalty / aristocracy
Wife of Harold Nicolson

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

Anglican

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

Persia

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

unknown unknown

Title:

unknown

Genre:

Geography / Travel, letters

Form of Text:

Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

33549

Source:

Print

Author:

Vita Sackville-West

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Twelve Days in Persia

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

2009

Vol:

n/a

Page:

13

Additional Comments:

Page references are from the 2009 edition published by I.B. Tauris. The book was first published by Hogarth in 1928.

Citation:

Vita Sackville-West, Twelve Days in Persia, (London, 2009), p. 13, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=33549, accessed: 26 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Letters were read by Vita Sackville-West with her husband Harold Nicolson in Teheran, in preparation for a 12 day walking trip on the Bakhtiari Road. Also present was Gladwyn Jebb. The letters may have been read in the British Embassy in Teheran, where Nicolson was Charge d'affaires.

   
   
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