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Record Number: 4410


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Charlotte Bronte to George Smith, 14 February 1852, after having been lent the first volume of W. M. Thackeray, "Henry Esmond", in manuscript by her publishers: 'It has been a great delight to me to read Mr Thackeray's manuscript ... you must permit me ... to thank you for a pleasure so rare and special ... In the first half of the work what chiefly struck me was the wonderful manner in which the author throws himself into the spirit and letter of the times wherof he treats ... As usual -- he is unjust to women ...Many other things I noticed that -- for my part -- grieved and esxasperated me as I read -- but then again came passages so deeply thought -- so tenderly felt -- one could not help forgiving and admiring.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Feb 1852

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Haworth
county: Yorkshire

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:

William Makepeace Thackeray

Title:

The History of Henry Esmond (volume I)

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Manuscript: Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID:

4410

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:

345-46

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Juliet Barker (ed.), The Brontes: A Life in Letters, (London, 1997), p. 345-46, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=4410, accessed: 07 March 2021


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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