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Record Number: 4385


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Charlotte Bronte to William Smith Williams, 22 November 1848: '"The North American Review" [containing reviews of the Bronte sisters' works in which the authors are presumed to be men of "ferocious" temperaments] is worth reading ... To-day as Emily appeared a little easier, I thought the Review would amuse her so I read it aloud to her and Anne. As I sat between them at our quiet but now somewhat melancholy fireside, I studied the two ferocious authors. Ellis the "man of uncommon talents but dogged, brutal and morose," sat leaning back in his easy chair drawing his impeded breath as he best could ... but he smiled half-amused and half in scorn as he listened -- Acton was sewing ... he only smiled too, dropping at the same time a single word of calm amazement to hear his character so darkly portrayed.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

22 Nov 1848

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Haworth
county: Yorkshire
specific address: Haworth Parsonage

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

Emily Bronte Anne Bronte


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Title:

The North American Review

Genre:

Essays / Criticism

Form of Text:

Print: Serial / periodical

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

4385

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:

213

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Juliet Barker (ed.), The Brontes: A Life in Letters, (London, 1997), p. 213, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=4385, accessed: 03 March 2021


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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