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Record Number: 33571


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'An imaginative aunt who, for my ninth birthday, sent a copy of the "Arabian Nights", was, I suppose, the original cause of trouble. Unfostered and unnoticed, the little flame so kindled fed me secretly on dreams. Chance, such as the existence of a Syrian missionary near my home, nourished it; and Fate, with long months of illness and leisure, blew it to a blaze bright enough to light my way through labyrinths of Arabic, and eventually to land me on the coast of Syria at the end of 1927.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 31 Jan 1901 and 31 Jan 1910

Country:

Italy

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

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:

Freya Stark

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

31 Jan 1893

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Explorer and travel writer

Religion:

Christian

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

Italy

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

[n/a] [n/a]

Title:

The Arabian Nights' Entertainment

Genre:

Fiction, Children's Lit

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned
Birthday gift


Source Information:

Record ID:

33571

Source:

Print

Author:

Freya Stark

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Valley of the Assassins and other Persian Tales

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1934

Vol:

n/a

Page:

xxi

Additional Comments:

Pagination is from the 2001 Modern Library edition. The book was first published by John Murray in London in 1934.

Citation:

Freya Stark, The Valley of the Assassins and other Persian Tales, (London, 1934), p. xxi, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=33571, accessed: 14 August 2020


Additional Comments:

Dame Freya Madeline Stark, Mrs Perowne, (31 January 1893 9 May 1993) was a British explorer and travel writer. Much of her childhood was spent in Northern Italy (Piemonte, and later Veneto). I have not been able to identify whether the copy of the 'Arabian Nights' was in English (most likely) or French or Italian (Stark read all three languages from childhood).

   
   
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