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Record Number: 4368


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Charlotte Bronte, Biographical Notice of Ellis and Acton Bell, 1850: 'Currer Bell [ie Charlotte Bronte]'s book [The Professor] found acceptance nowhere ... he tried one publishing house more -- Messrs Smith and Elder. Ere long ...there came a letter ... he took out of the envelope a letter of two pages. He read it trembling. It declined ... to publish that tale ... but it discussed its merits and demerits so courteously, so considerately ... that this very refusal cheered the author better than a vulgarly-expressed acceptance could have done.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jun 1847 and 31 Aug 1847

Country:

England

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:

Charlotte Bronte

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

21 Apr 1816

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

writer

Religion:

Church of England

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:

Title:

Letter from Smith, Elder & Co., publishers

Genre:

Unknown, private business correspondence

Form of Text:

Manuscript: Letter

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

4368

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Juliet Barker

Title:

The Brontes: A Life in Letters

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1997

Vol:

n/a

Page:

164-65

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Juliet Barker (ed.), The Brontes: A Life in Letters, (London, 1997), p. 164-65, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=4368, accessed: 03 March 2021


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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