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1900-1945Fortunately books are fairly plentiful and I keep my own books (“Dombey & Son” and “Three Musketeers”) for the time when I am in a place which nobody has left any b...Arthur Morris Charles DickensSketches by 'Boz'Print: Book
1850-1899
1900-1945
'Darwin, writing in praise of the gaucho in his “Voyage of a Naturalist” says that if a gaucho cuts your throat he does it like a gentleman - even as a small boy I...William Henry Hudson Charles DarwinJournal of Researches into the Geology and Natural...Print: Book
1850-1899Speaking of the passion of his neighbouring Argentinian landowner, Don Gregorio Gandara, for a range of coloured horses, Hudson writes: 'It reminds one of the famou...William Henry Hudson Mark Antony LowerOld Speech and Old Manners in SussexPrint: Book
1900-1945‘A poor, miserable autobiographer naturally desires to make his personality as interesting to the reader as it appears to himself. I feel this strongly in reading o...William Henry Hudson Sergei AksakoffYears of ChildhoodPrint: Book
1850-1899'I would not, I could not, give up the rides and rambles that took up so much of my time, but I would try to overcome my disinclination to serious reading. There we...William Henry Hudson James RennieThe Domestic Habits of BirdsPrint: Book
1850-1899'I would not, I could not, give up the rides and rambles that took up so much of my time, but I would try to overcome my disinclination to serious reading. There we...William Henry Hudson [unknown] [unknown][Natural History]Print: Book
1850-1899'I would not, I could not, give up the rides and rambles that took up so much of my time, but I would try to overcome my disinclination to serious reading. There we...William Henry Hudson Charles RollinThe Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginian...Print: Book
1850-1899'I would not, I could not, give up the rides and rambles that took up so much of my time, but I would try to overcome my disinclination to serious reading. There we...William Henry Hudson Flavius JosephusThe Works of Flavius JosephusPrint: Book
1850-1899'I would not, I could not, give up the rides and rambles that took up so much of my time, but I would try to overcome my disinclination to serious reading. There we...William Henry Hudson [Anon] [Anon][unknown]Print: Book
1850-1899'I would not, I could not, give up the rides and rambles that took up so much of my time, but I would try to overcome my disinclination to serious reading. There we...William Henry Hudson John LelandThe Advantage and Necessity of the Christian Revel...Print: Book
1850-1899'I would not, I could not, give up the rides and rambles that took up so much of my time, but I would try to overcome my disinclination to serious reading. There we...William Henry Hudson Thomas CarlyleThe French Revolution: A HistoryPrint: Book
1850-1899'I would not, I could not, give up the rides and rambles that took up so much of my time, but I would try to overcome my disinclination to serious reading. There we...William Henry Hudson Edward GibbonThe Decline and Fall of the Roman EmpirePrint: Book
1850-1899'It was not strange in these circumstances [suffering from cardiac complications of rheumatic fever] that I became more and more absorbed in the religious literatur...William Henry Hudson Richard AllestreeThe Whole Duty of ManPrint: Book
1850-1899'It was not strange in these circumstances [suffering from cardiac complications of rheumatic fever] that I became more and more absorbed in the religious literatur...William Henry Hudson Richard BaxterA Call to the Unconverted to Turn and LivePrint: Book
1850-1899'It was not strange in these circumstances [suffering from cardiac complications of rheumatic fever] that I became more and more absorbed in the religious literatur...William Henry Hudson [Anon] [Anon][An Answer to the Infidel]Print: Book
1850-1899'It was not strange in these circumstances [suffering from cardiac complications of rheumatic fever] that I became more and more absorbed in the religious literatur...William Henry Hudson Richard BaxterThe Saints' Everlasting RestPrint: Book
1850-1899Hudson recalled how, preoccupied with the prospect of his mother's death and it effect on him: 'Then one day, with my mind in this troubled state, in reading George...William Henry Hudson George CombeA System of PhrenologyPrint: Book
1850-1899
1900-1945
'In reading, nothing goes to the heart like any true account of a mother and son's love for one another, such as we find in that true book I have already spoken of ...William Henry Hudson Leigh HuntThe Autobiography of Leigh HuntPrint: Book
1850-1899
1900-1945
'One of the books I read then for the first time was White's "Selborne", given to me by an old friend of the family, a merchant in Buenos Ayres [sic], who had been ...William Henry Hudson Gilbert WhiteThe Natural History and Antiquities of SelbornePrint: Book
1850-1899'One of the books I read then for the first time was White's "Selborne", given to me by an old friend of the family, a merchant in Buenos Ayres [sic], who had been ...William Henry Hudson Thomas BrownLectures on the Philosophy of the Human MindPrint: Book
1850-1899'One of the books I read then for the first time was White's "Selborne", given to me by an old friend of the family, a merchant in Buenos Ayres [sic], who had been ...William Henry Hudson Anon Anon[unknown]Print: Book
1850-1899'I had to confess [to his recently returned elder brother] that I had not read a line of his [Darwin's] work, that with the exception of Draper's "History of Civili...William Henry Hudson Charles DarwinOn the Origin of SpeciesPrint: Book
1850-1899'I had to confess [to his recently returned elder brother] that I had not read a line of his [Darwin's] work, that with the exception of Draper's "History of Civili...William Henry Hudson John William DraperThe History of the Intellectual Development of Eur...Print: Book
1850-1899'During my sojourn on the Rio Negro letters and papers reached me only at rare intervals. On one occasion I passed nearly two months without seeing a newspaper. I r...William Henry Hudson [n/a] [n/a][newspaper]Print: Newspaper
1850-1899'We read little; my companion has never learnt letters, and I, less fortunate in that respect, having only been able to discover one book in the house, a Spanish "L...William Henry Hudson [n/a] [n/a]Libro de Misa [prayer book/liturgy/missal]Print: Book
1800-1849‘I have employ’d the last term chiefly in making myself master of Pindar...I have not found the former very difficult, any further than as deep thinking and conceal’d c...Hartley Coleridge Pindar[unknown]Print: Book, university set text
1800-1849'I have employ’d the last term chiefly in making myself master of...the Νικομάχεια Ἠθικὰ of ...Hartley Coleridge AristotleNicomachean EthicsPrint: Book, university set text
1800-1849‘...in my Sophocles I fail’d, chiefly from being put on in a misprinted passage – for the play was one I had studied with more than common attention. In Virgil I stumbl...Hartley Coleridge HomerOdysseyPrint: written and oral examinations
1800-1849‘Have you seen Southey’s Vision of Judgement!!!!! O Tempora, O Mores – And is it come to this? And our dear good mother gave me such a hint to praise in her last letter...Hartley Coleridge Robert SoutheyA Vision of JudgementPrint: Unknown
1800-1849‘Of course I need not tell you...that I wrote the critique on the Pilgrim to Compostella in Blackwood – that both the Professor and I have read "the Progress and Prospe...Hartley Coleridge Robert SoutheySir Thomas More; or, Colloquies on the Progress an...Print: Book
1800-1849‘...the Court Journal (which by the way, seems to be very good – for nothing – )...The Court Journal must pay uncommon well, before I will rank myself among its familia...Hartley Coleridge [n/a] [n/a]Court JournalPrint: Serial / periodical
1800-1849‘You perhaps recollect the only rememberable lines in Prior’s Solomon – that very respectable poem, which nevertheless, is rather too like one of Mrs. Fry’s Newgate-mad...Hartley Coleridge Matthew PriorSolomon on the Vanity of the WorldPrint: Book
1800-1849'You have probably seen Henry’s book on Homer. It is wonderfully clever, does him much credit. I thoroughly sympathize, (hang the word it’s always intruding) with his a...Hartley Coleridge Henry Nelson ColeridgeIntroductions to the Study of the Greek Classic Po...Print: Book
1800-1849‘The Rydal Mount family...They were all hugely belly-ached with Townshend’s articles in Blackwood, which was almost as silly as the articles themselves. C. H. Townshend...Hartley Coleridge Chauncey Hare Townshend[essays in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine]Print: Serial / periodical
1800-1849‘I am afraid there is little hope at present of another portion of the Recluse, but it must delight every lover of mankind to see how the influence of Wordsworth’s poet...Hartley Coleridge William WordsworthThe ReclusePrint: Book, Hartley is also referring to a 'reading' of W. Wordsworth's poetry outside any form of text
1800-1849‘Of course you have read his [Robert Southey's] colloquies – and with delight – but delight mingled with sorrow, that so much beautiful truth should be intertwined, and...Hartley Coleridge Robert SoutheySir Thomas More; or, Colloquies on the Progress an...Print: Book
1800-1849‘I have also long ponder’d on a Poem, which could I execute up to my conception, would perhaps take rank with Pollock’s [sic] Course of Time.’Hartley Coleridge Robert PollockThe Course of TimePrint: Book
1800-1849‘So true is Wordsworth’s observation (somebody has borrow’d my Wordsworth, and I’m like a Jack Tar without his tobacco pouch) that the older we grow, the more we become...Hartley Coleridge William Wordsworth[unknown]Print: Book
1800-1849‘You probably have little time for literary labours or I should advise you to write for the Quarterly Theological. It is a very staunch, orthodox work – not ultra in po...Hartley Coleridge [n/a] [n/a]Quarterly Theological Review and Ecclesiastical Re...Print: Serial / periodical
1800-1849‘...the Quarterly [Review], under [John Gibson] Lockhart’s management, is very different from what it was under [William] Gifford, whose benevolence...certainly did not...Hartley Coleridge John Taylor Coleridge[articles in The Quarterly Review]Print: Serial / periodical
1800-1849‘I am sorry for the delay which doubtless is owing to the confounded Politics that they stuff the Magazine with, to the great annoyance of Ladies and Liberals; and not ...Hartley Coleridge [n/a] [n/a]Blackwood's Edinburgh MagazinePrint: Serial / periodical
1850-1899'I was seriously alarmed at the beginning of this enquiry [into the memory of smells] by reading in McCosh: "When the organs of taste and smell, supposed by Ferrier...William Henry Hudson James McCoshIntuitions of the Mind Inductively InvestigatedPrint: Book
1900-1945'Seebohm has nothing about this chucking cry or call [of a species of snipe], nor has Shaw in his book on the snipe in the Fur and Feather series. I doubt if any of t...William Henry Hudson Henry SeebohmHistory of British BirdsPrint: Book
1900-1945'Seebohm has nothing about this chucking cry or call [of a species of snipe], nor has Shaw in his book on the snipe in the Fur and Feather series. I doubt if any of...William Henry Hudson L. H. de V. ShawSnipe and WoodcockPrint: Book
1900-1945'The natives call it Juancito—Little Jack, and all we have about is habits is a note by the bird collector Stolzmann, quoted by L. Jaczanski, in his third volume (O...William Henry Hudson Edmund SelousBirdwatchingPrint: Book
1900-1945'The natives call it Juancito—Little Jack, and all we have about is habits is a note by the bird collector Stolzmann, quoted by L. Jaczanski, in his third volume (O...William Henry Hudson Wadyslaw TaczanowskiOrnithologie du PérouPrint: Book
1900-1945'The natives call it Juancito—Little Jack, and all we have about is habits is a note by the bird collector Stolzmann, quoted by L. Jaczanski, in his third volume (O...William Henry Hudson A. B. R. Trevor-BattyePictures in ProsePrint: Book
1900-1945'I was much interested in your "Saturday [Review]" article [apparently about birds in Kew Gardens].'William Henry Hudson J. Rudge Harding'A Woodpecker at Kew'Print: Serial / periodical
1800-1849‘Glad you’ve seen Winter’s Wreath.’Sarah Coleridge Hartley Coleridge[poems in The Winter's Wreath]Print: Serial / periodical
1800-1849‘Thanks for Swing and the Athenaeum which is very welcome, and well worth Two-pence’.Hartley Coleridge [n/a] [n/a]AthenaeumPrint: Serial / periodical
1850-1899'I wonder if you can tell me what the enclosed flower is? It is very pretty—deep, almost maroon, red flowers in a big coarse, burdock-like plant. It is not in my b...William Henry Hudson Edward StepWayside and Woodland Blossoms: A Pocket GuidePrint: Book
1800-1849‘You probably saw the Tea-table in B[lackwood's Magazine]. but it does not look so well in print as it sounded when Elizabeth Warde listen’d to it. Ladies praise makes ...Hartley Coleridge [n/a] [n/a]Blackwood's Edinburgh MagazinePrint: Serial / periodical
1800-1849‘I am sorry that the Athenaeum is no longer publish’d in such a shape that I can get it, for it is well worth two-pence. I can hardly say as much for the Carlisle Patri...Hartley Coleridge [n/a] [n/a]Carlisle PatriotPrint: Newspaper, Serial / periodical
1800-1849‘I have an opportunity of seeing papers enough at Mr. Withington’s, the present occupant of Allan Bank, a most worthy Englishman and Tory of Falstaffian dimensions, who...Hartley Coleridge [n/a] [n/a][newspapers]Print: Newspaper
1800-1849‘D[erwent Coleridge] had sent me his sermon. It is very good.’Hartley Coleridge Derwent ColeridgeThe Circumstances of the Present Times, Considered...Print: Book
1800-1849‘[William] Blackwood expresses much admiration of the Fletcher Letters, but thinks their republication at this time would not be just the thing - requests me to use my ...William Blackwood Samuel Taylor ColeridgeLetters to Mr. Justice Fletcher on the Irish Quest...Print: Newspaper
1800-1849‘I know very few people in Leeds. ... The walls of course now plastered with Election puffs and squibs, the newspapers rancorous against one another, but, as far as I c...Hartley Coleridge [n/a] [n/a][Local posters and newspapers in Leeds related to ...Print: Poster
1800-1849‘The Poems [Hartley’s 1833 Poems], I believe, have not done so far amiss. The Review in the Quarterly I must thank you for. It is far too laudatory for my stomach, and ...Hartley Coleridge [n/a] [n/a][review of Hartley Coleridge's 1833 Poems in The Q...Print: Serial / periodical
1800-1849‘I received the Quarterly [Review] from Mr. Murray. If praise could do me any good, there is enough of it: but I know nothing of that “overweening worship of Wordsworth...Hartley Coleridge [n/a] [n/a][Review of Hartley Coleridge's 1833 Poems in The Q...Print: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'About "The Crown of Life", It is almost the only one of G. G. [George Gissing]'s books I haven’t read. It didn’t appeal to me—it was not a good Gissing book. Just ...William Henry Hudson George GissingWill WarburtonPrint: Book
1800-1849‘I flatter myself the Volume [Hartley’s 1833 Poems] has sold tol lol. Dora [Wordsworth] finds great fault with its shape: a fault chargeable solely on my own bad taste ...Dora Wordsworth Hartley ColeridgePoems, Songs and SonnetsPrint: Book
1900-1945'By the time my wife goes to bed at 9 or soon after, I feel too tired to do anything except sit by the fire and read a little poetry, then go to bed myself—without ...William Henry Hudson [Anon] [Anon][unknown]Print: Book
1850-1899
1900-1945
'About "The Crown of Life", It is almost the only one of G. G. [George Gissing]'s books I haven’t read. It didn’t appeal to me—it was not a good Gissing book. Just ...William Henry Hudson Louise Chandler MoultonSwallow-flights [and Other Verses]Print: Book
1800-1849‘I dined yesterday at Rydal Mount ... Poor Mr. Wordsworth is all but blind. He bears his affliction with wonderful cheerfulness. I read to him my own Life of Roger Asch...Hartley Coleridge Hartley ColeridgeBiographia Borealis; or Lives of Distinguished Nor...Print: Book
1900-1945'You have not perhaps seen the new "Gentleman’s Magazine" since it resumed publication. This is the first number—it was sent to me by the Editor Mr Bullen, who asks m...William Henry Hudson [n/a] [n/a]The Gentleman's MagazinePrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'I am disgusted with myself for letting so long a time pass before thanking you for the Gissing book ["The House of Cobwebs and other stories"], as I suppose it was...William Henry Hudson George GissingThe House of Cobwebs and Other StoriesPrint: Book
1900-1945'I am disgusted with myself for letting so long a time pass before thanking you for the Gissing book ["The House of Cobwebs and other stories"], as I suppose it was...William Henry Hudson George GissingThe Private Papers of Henry RyecroftPrint: Book
1900-1945'‘We were going to congratulate you on Tuesday after the play ["The Silver Box" 25 Sept 1906] but we saw you shut in by such a vast throng of eager friends tha...William Henry Hudson William Archer[review]Print: Newspaper
1900-1945'Very many thanks for the book ["The Country House"] and its dedication—it makes me very proud. I received it on Friday and began reading it straight off, but it wa...William Henry Hudson John GalsworthyThe Country HousePrint: Book
1800-1849‘And what do you think of the "Doctor"? And what do you think of [John Gibson] Lockhart’s wise conjecture, that I - even I - Hartley Coleridge, assisted by my father, a...Hartley Coleridge Robert SoutheyThe DoctorPrint: Book
1900-1945'Many thanks for your Hill book. ["On Cambrian and Cumbrian Hills"] I had meant to thank you verbally on the evening of your annual meeting last Friday but it cam...William Henry Hudson Henry SaltOn Cambrian and Cumbrian Hills: Pilgrimages to Sno...Print: Book
1900-1945'Thank you very much for sending the Fortnightly Leaflet with your history of the robin. It is a charming paper—written charmingly and very interesting.’William Henry Hudson Ethel WilliamsFortnightly LeafletPrint: Pamphlet
1800-1849‘Talking of this, my Sara, what d’ye think / (To ask the question is but waste of Ink) / Of Harriet Martineau’s political novels? / Fine food, forsooth, for starving pa...Hartley Coleridge Harriet Martineau[novels]Print: Book
1900-1945'I owe you my best thanks for the gift of Mrs Cornford’s book of poems which I am delighted to have. I have been away in Wiltshire or would have thanked you sooner....William Henry Hudson Frances Crofts CornfordPoemsPrint: Book
1900-1945 'I owe you my best thanks for the gift of Mrs Cornford’s book of poems which I am delighted to have. I have been away in Wiltshire or would have thanked you soo...William Henry Hudson [n/a] [n/a]Morning PostPrint: Newspaper
1800-1849‘I am quite delighted with the sweet little one’s [Sara Coleridge’s] sweet little book. It is such an image of the tiny self - not perhaps as married life, and alas, si...Hartley Coleridge Sara ColeridgePretty Lessons in Verse for Good ChildrenPrint: Book
1800-1849‘... The ancient fables attributed to Aesop, Phaedrus, Pilpay, Avienus etc., are emblems or...allegories rather than Fables, most probably suggested by the Zoographic H...Hartley Coleridge AesopFablesPrint: Book
1800-1849‘...Other tales, in which beasts and birds compose the Dramatis Personae, are to be considered as burlesque satires, intended to make human actions and passions ridicul...Hartley Coleridge Catherine Ann Turner DorsetThe Peacock ‘at Home’: A sequel to the Butterfly's...Print: Book
1700-1799
1800-1849
‘... [William] Roscoe’s “Butterfly's Ball” and Mrs. [Sarah] Trimmer’s “Flapsy and Pecksey” (which I am glad to see so kindly mentioned in the Doctor [by Robert Southey]...Hartley Coleridge Sarah TrimmerFabulous Histories, Designed for the Instruction o...Print: Book
1800-1849‘I dined yesterday at Rydal [Mount] ... I read ‘Yarrow Revis[ited]’ - and some of the new Poems - very sweet, but can’t talk about them here, for I’ve more to say than ...Hartley Coleridge William WordsworthYarrow Revisited, and Other PoemsPrint: Book
1800-1849‘I hope Mr. Wordsworth feels some consolation in the complete victory of his poetic fame. He may at least feel assured, that no Great Poet ever lived to see his name of...Hartley Coleridge William WordsworthYarrow Revisited, and Other PoemsPrint: Book
1900-1945'Many thanks for your new book: I see that there are many things that I have read before, and shall be glad to read again in book form. Last evening I read your poi...William Henry Hudson John GalsworthyA MotleyPrint: Book, Serial / periodical
1900-1945'Many thanks for your new book: I see that there are many things that I have read before, and shall be glad to read again in book form. Last evening I read your poi...William Henry Hudson John Galsworthy[article in 'The Nation']Print: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'Tell Sylvia that when I came back [from Norfolk a week before] I read the rest of "Uncle Paul’s Education" and that though there are beautiful things in it and a b...William Henry Hudson Algernon BlackwoodThe Education of Uncle PaulPrint: Book
1800-1849‘Mr. Parry has not yet received the Number of the Quarterly containing the Review of my book - but I got a sight of it the other day at Mrs. [Louise] Claude’s. I am, of...Hartley Coleridge Henry Nelson Coleridge[Review of Hartley Coleridge's Lives of Distinguis...Print: Serial / periodical
1800-1849‘As to the Thucydides, I cannot think it exactly the book for me - considering how little access I have at present to classical books, and how little I know of those cr...Hartley Coleridge Thucydides[unknown]Print: Book
1800-1849‘Here, Hal, you see the influence you possess as a Tremensian; no one, not even Bingley, would have thought [of?] continuing the work had it not been for your panegyric...Hartley Coleridge Henry Nelson Coleridge[Review of Hartley Coleridge's Lives of Distinguis...Print: Serial / periodical
1800-1849‘...But I cannot agree with Mitford that the pronunciation of the Modern Greeks is even a clue to that of the ancient occupants of the same country. ...’Hartley Coleridge William MitfordHistory of GreecePrint: Book
1900-1945'I’ve read nothing but poetry since I saw you, except one novel, a curious rough sort of book called "Fortuna Chance" by James Prior, the scene laid in Sherwood Fo...William Henry Hudson James PriorFortuna ChancePrint: Book
1900-1945'I've been frightfully lazy today: it's been too hot to do anything. Pater was a gem: he brought my breakfast up about 9.30 and I didn't get up until eleven. I read...Dora Willatt Ian HayGetting TogetherPrint: Book
1800-1849‘...what makes you think that I dislike your ‘Table-Talk’?...I might tell Derwent [Coleridge], that the book gave me no feeling of my father’s manner, which it does not...Hartley Coleridge Samuel Taylor ColeridgeSpecimens of the Table-Talk of S. T. ColeridgePrint: Book
1900-1945I am just now reading Benson's life of Queen Victoria and can't help feeling that if we had old Lord Palmerston now he would probably close the canal and have done ...Freya Stark E. F. BensonQueen VictoriaPrint: Book
1900-1945I am so delighted to have 'The Seven Pillars'. I read the poem again, which I liked, and am keeping the rest for a little as all the household here are enjoying the...Freya Stark Thomas Edward LawrenceSeven Pillars of WisdomPrint: Book
1900-1945I am reading 'The Seven Pillars'. The chapter about the Arab character is very true and finely put.Freya Stark Thomas Edward LawrenceSeven Pillars of WisdomPrint: Book
1900-1945I have just done a review of a charming book on the Libyan desert by a man called Bagnold who first proved that one can motor up sand dunes. Did you know the Libyan...Freya Stark Ralph A. BagnoldLibyan Sands: Travel in a Dead WorldPrint: Book
1900-1945I have been for two motor drives, so you see I am getting on: and I am reading a book called 'Tadpoles and God' which pleases me by talking of Mr Wells who 'in his ...Freya Stark Laurence Oliver BrownTadpoles and GodPrint: Book
1900-1945The Daily Telegraph interview with Mussolini makes me sick. What fools they are. Every word M. said was just vague nonsense: anyone who knows Italians can see how h...Freya Stark [n/a] [n/a]Daily TelegraphPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945I am reading some Yemeni legends and tales. One nice one about two rival doctors, a good and a bad one: the King said he would take as his family physician the one ...Freya Stark [Anon] [Anon][Yemeni legends and tales]Unknown
1900-1945I have been studying the little pamphlet [on the Arabs] in the train and feel that, though you have improved the language, the whole thing is so ineffective that it...Freya Stark [Anon] [Anon][British propaganda pamphlet (anti-Italian) in Ara...Print: Pamphlet
1900-1945I have just been reading a rather nice version of Genesis in Arabic. It says that Gabriel was sent to the Earth to bring a bit of clay for the making of Adam: but t...Freya Stark [n/a] [n/a]Bible (Genesis)
1900-1945A delightful Persian in Basra, Mirza Muhammed, keeps — entirely for his own pleasure — a priceless collection of Persian and Arabian MSS. I can't tell you what a lo...Freya Stark [Anon] [Anon][unidentified manuscript belonging to Saladin]Manuscript: Codex
1900-1945A delightful Persian in Basra, Mirza Muhammed, keeps — entirely for his own pleasure — a priceless collection of Persian and Arabian MSS. I can't tell you what a lo...Freya Stark [Anon] [Anon][unidentified manuscript of the 8th century A.D.]Manuscript: Codex
1900-1945A delightful Persian in Basra, Mirza Muhammed, keeps — entirely for his own pleasure — a priceless collection of Persian and Arabian MSS. I can't tell you what a lo...Freya Stark [Anon] [Anon][unidentified manuscript stamped by the 4th Timuri...Manuscript: Codex, illuminated manuscript
1900-1945We went to St. Tropez to see my Alsatian friends and pushed on to lunch at Paradou, and found A. Besse very cheerful with 7 ladies (including ourselves) around him,...Freya Stark [Anon] [Anon][intelligence reports from Abyssinia]Unknown
1900-1945We woke up to-day to see the coast of Yemen, the Indian Ocean very blue, and were presently sailing into the bay of Aden. As I went into the saloon for passports, M...Stewart Henry Perowne Freya StarkBaghdad SketchesPrint: Book
1900-1945Meanwhile I have been enjoying myself reading Anatole France and the philosophy of M. Jérôme Coignard. What a charming creation. 'Il meprise les hommes avec tendres...Freya Stark Anatole FranceLes Opinions de Jérôme CoignardPrint: Book
1900-1945I sat on my roof and went on with my manuscripts, distracted by bevies of women wanting medicines for what they call 'wind', i.e. pains from sitting in their perpet...Freya Stark [Anon] [Anon][unidentified Yemeni manuscripts]Manuscript: Unknown
1900-1945I am getting hold of a copyist as there are various exciting manuscripts here and I can't deal with all myself. I have nearly finished one and it is full of useful ...Freya Stark [Anon] [Anon][unidentified Yemen manuscript]Manuscript: Unknown
1900-1945I have found what I hope is an unknown and useful manuscript of local history and am copying it out. It has a nice miracle recorded. Someone made fun of a holy man ...Freya Stark unknown unknownunidentified Yemeni manuscriptManuscript: Unknown
1900-1945The day's finds have been brought in, all the diggers so excited they rushed in with them to show me on my roof. There was a sort of communal grave with about six s...Freya Stark unknown unknowninscription on potteryManuscript: Graffito, inscription on pottery
1800-1849‘Mr. Wordsworth looks older but keeps up his spirits wonderfully; his character, like his poetry, is much softened by age. I know not how Derwent [Coleridge] can think ...Hartley Coleridge William WordsworthYarrow Revisited, and Other PoemsPrint: Book
1700-1799
1800-1849
'Mr father could not have written the Ancient Mariner at sixty, yet who will say that his genius declined? The Genius was there as mighty as ever, but the frame could n...Hartley Coleridge Samuel Taylor ColeridgeThe Rime of the Ancient MarinerPrint: Book
1900-1945'Do you read H. G. Wells's vaticinations which are somewhat faliderol [sic] in the "Daily Mail"? Well there' some—a good deal of truth in them,and the reading class...William Henry Hudson H. G. Wells[articles in the Daily Mail]Print: Newspaper
1800-1849‘...I did not and do not, admire any of his [Robert Southey’s] laureate poetry - (except the epicedian on the Princess, which is beautiful) nor agree with all his Artic...Hartley Coleridge Robert SoutheyFuneral Ode on the Death of the Princess CharlottePrint: Book, Serial / periodical
1800-1849‘...I shall give my own poetical translation, also, of the scenes which Schiller in his translation of Macbeth has substituted for the original witch-scenes. He has alt...Hartley Coleridge William ShakespeareMacbethPrint: Book, Serial / periodical
1800-1849‘Owen Lloyd has lent me an essay on Faith by my Father transcribed by poor Charles Lloyd. It will probably make a good addition to your forthcoming volumes. I will tran...Hartley Coleridge Samuel Taylor ColeridgeEssay on FaithManuscript: Sheet
1800-1849‘I have been reading Von Raumer’s England. He speaks highly of the Table talk and of my father, though some of the sentiments are at variance with his own.’Hartley Coleridge Friedrich von RaumerEngland in 1835: Being a Series of Letters Written...Print: Book
1800-1849‘I have read [Henry] Taylor’s Philip Van Artevelde. It is admirable.’Hartley Coleridge Henry TaylorPhilip van ArteveldePrint: Book
1800-1849‘Talking of Doctors, there is another volume of the Doctor forthcoming. What a wonderful energy of intellect, that can produce such a work under such circumstances. And...Hartley Coleridge Robert SoutheyThe DoctorPrint: Book
1800-1849‘...I think I perceive in Wordsworth’s last volume [Yarrow Revisited, and Other Poems], a decided inclination to the playful, the elegant and the beautiful; with an alm...Hartley Coleridge William WordsworthYarrow Revisited, and Other PoemsPrint: Book
1800-1849‘...it is very cruel in people whom I never injured to publish my father’s natural complaints of my delinquencies to the million whom they concern not - still worse to ...Hartley Coleridge Thomas AllsopLetters, Conversations and Recollections of Samuel...Print: Book, Serial / periodical
1800-1849'...I should have thought that I acknowledged the “[Literary] Remains”, but I suppose I only intended to do it. I am, on the whole, greatly pleased with them. There is ...Hartley Coleridge Samuel Taylor ColeridgeThe Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor ColeridgePrint: Book
1900-1945I meanwhile have been doing nothing except read Jane Austen. I have stopped seeing people for a week, as it hurts the voice to talk much, but had one visit from the...Freya Stark Jane AustenNovelsPrint: Book
1900-1945I have read the whole of Jane Austen and think of beginning over again. What a perfect woman - not only a writer - and what a sham she makes all this female emancip...Freya Stark Jane AustenSense and SensibilityPrint: Book
1900-1945I have read the whole of Jane Austen and think of beginning over again. What a perfect woman - not only a writer - and what a sham she makes all this female emancip...Freya Stark Jane AustenPride and PrejudicePrint: Book
1900-1945I have read the whole of Jane Austen and think of beginning over again. What a perfect woman - not only a writer - and what a sham she makes all this female emancip...Freya Stark Jane AustenMansfield ParkPrint: Book
1900-1945I have read the whole of Jane Austen and think of beginning over again. What a perfect woman - not only a writer - and what a sham she makes all this female emancip...Freya Stark Jane AustenEmmaPrint: Book
1900-1945I have read the whole of Jane Austen and think of beginning over again. What a perfect woman - not only a writer - and what a sham she makes all this female emancip...Freya Stark Jane AustenNorthanger AbbeyPrint: Book
1900-1945I have read the whole of Jane Austen and think of beginning over again. What a perfect woman - not only a writer - and what a sham she makes all this female emancip...Freya Stark Jane AustenPersuasionPrint: Book
1900-1945I have just started my “Dombey & Son” having at last reached a place where books are not very plentiful. But it is not long enough to last for many a day.Arthur Morris Charles DickensDombey and SonPrint: Book
1900-1945I have just read a 1/- book — History of our own Times 1885-1913. It is a kind of Lords Modern Europe written in a somewhat different style and embracing the whole ...Arthur Morris George Peabody GoochHistory of Our Time, 1885-1913
1900-1945I am wading through “Barry Lyndon” the first book of Thackeray’s I have ever got into and I don’t find it at all too bad.Arthur Morris William Makepeace ThackerayThe Luck of Barry LyndonPrint: Book
1900-1945If you ever pass the free library I should pop in as most of the illustrated weeklies have these maps each week. While on the subject of libraries — I think you wou...Arthur Morris Arnold BennettHelen of the High HandPrint: Book
1900-1945I should like you to read the long article in the December number of Blackwood’s Magazine although it costs 2/6. It gives a very excellent history of the pleasant w...Arthur Morris [n/a] [n/a]Blackwood's Edinburgh MagazinePrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945I am in the middle of a splendid and much-talked- about book “Joan & Peter” by H.G. Wells, and in it I find a brief description of “Pounce” which was played in the b...Arthur Morris Herbert George WellsJoan and PeterPrint: Book
1900-1945In the evenings before patience time M. works while I read “Sketches from Boz” to her. Quite a Darby & Joan affair.Arthur Morris Charles DickensSketches by 'Boz'Print: Book
1900-1945'I wonder if by any chance you saw Hardy's poem in the last or the December "Harper's Magazine". It is a wonderful story of a master builder who built or greatly ad...William Henry Hudson Thomas Hardy'The Abbey Mason (Inventor of the "Perpendicular" ...Print: Serial / periodical
1900-1945M. is here deep in “Wuthering Heights”, with the ladies singing hard in the next room.Margery Morris Emily BrontëWuthering HeightsPrint: Book
1900-1945In the evenings before patience time M. works while I read “Sketches from Boz” to her. Quite a Darby & Joan affair.Margery Morris Charles DickensSketches by 'Boz'Print: Book
1900-1945'When I took up the "[English] Review" I couldn't help saying (with a sigh) "Yet another gorgeous laudition of Francis Thompson—and by Austin Harrison—too bad!" But...William Henry Hudson Austin HarrisonThe Poetry of Francis ThompsonPrint: Serial / periodical
1900-1945'Many thanks for your letter and book of verse. [...] I am delighted to possess your translations of modern Welsh verse, also the introduction and biographical note...William Henry Hudson H. Idris BellPoems from the Welsh: Translated into English Vers...Print: Book
1900-1945'Thank you for "Punch" and all the letters of the last few days [...]. I send you a copy of today's "Statesman" since you care to read my stuff. If when you come up...William Henry Hudson Thomas HardyA Changed Man, the Waiting Supper and Other Tales:...Print: Book
1900-1945'I read the "Observer" one [a review of "My Life in Sarawak"] on Saturday, and that I do like because it confirms my own opinion of the book. I daresay it was by Si...William Henry Hudson [n/a] [n/a]The ObserverPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'I have just come from seeing Dr. Tom. More medicines! We had a very long talk and when we came out to the waiting room there was an old patient of his—Sister someb...Anon Anon Margaret BrookeMy Life in SarawakPrint: Book
1900-1945'I have just come from seeing Dr. Tom. More medicines! We had a very long talk and when we came out to the waiting room there was an old patient of his—Sister someb...William Henry Hudson [n/a] [n/a]Blue Book [Parliamentary Papers]Print: Book
1900-1945'Here is the much talked of book [Morley Robert's "Time and Thomas Waring"]. It has been a pain for me to read it all through, though it didn't make me slop over an...William Henry Hudson Morley RobertsTime and Thomas Waring: A Study of a ManPrint: Book
1900-1945'To go back to your book ["Joseph Conrad: A Study"]; I know you thought highly of "Nostromo" but didn't know you placed it quite so far above the other books. The o...William Henry Hudson Richard CurleJoseph Conrad: A StudyPrint: Book
1900-1945'To go back to your book ["Joseph Conrad: A Study"]; I know you thought highly of "Nostromo" but didn't know you placed it quite so far above the other books. The o...William Henry Hudson Joseph ConradThe Secret AgentPrint: Book
1900-1945'To go back to your book ["Joseph Conrad: A Study"]; I know you thought highly of "Nostromo" but didn't know you placed it quite so far above the other books. The o...William Henry Hudson Joseph ConradNostromoPrint: Book
1900-1945'I have just finished that wonderful book—"The Way of All Flesh". It is a wonderful book.'William Henry Hudson Samuel ButlerThe Way of All FleshPrint: Book
1850-1899'Humourous [sic] & Pathetic. Worth reading.'Sarah Good Helen MathersComin' thro' the Rye: A NovelPrint: Book
1850-1899'Charming'Sarah Good Eugenie MarlittGold ElsePrint: Book
1850-1899'Story of Lancashire cotton famine[/]American War'Sarah Good Jessie FothergillProbation: A NovelPrint: Book
1850-1899'August at Scarborough'Sarah Good Henry KingsleyRavenshoePrint: Book
1850-1899'Sept. Trans. from Norwegian by Eliz. Carmichael. A very strange book. I don't care for it at all.'Sarah Good Bjørnstjerne BjørnsonIn God's WayPrint: Book
1850-1899'Sept. Nov. Very interesting'Sarah Good Arthur Penrhyn StanleyLife of Thomas Arnold D.D, Headmaster of RugbyPrint: Book
1900-1945'Eleanor in great pain. Very brave but collapsed—throat ghastly. O Henry ... no good as a pick-me-up. Tried gramophone—better ... One feels so isolated all alone wi...Mary Franeis Butts O. Henry (pseud)[unknown]Print: Book
1900-1945'Eleanor in great pain. Very brave but collapsed—throat ghastly. O Henry ... no good as a pick-me-up. Tried gramophone—better ... One feels so isolated all alone wi...Mary Franeis Butts Bertrand RussellProblems of PhilosophyPrint: Book
1900-1945'Read Betrand Russell all morning, wrote, ate apples—applied more work NCCL [National Council for Civil Liberties]. 2 o'clock met John [Rodker]. Walked to Dorking. ...Mary Franeis Butts Jane AustenEmmaPrint: Book
1900-1945'Read Betrand Russell all morning, wrote, ate apples—applied more work NCCL [National Council for Civil Liberties]. 2 o'clock met John [Rodker]. Walked to Dorking. ...Mary Franeis Butts Bertrand RussellProblems of PhilosophyPrint: Book
1850-1899'April. Sustained interest'Sarah Good Lily DougallBeggars All: A NovelPrint: Book
1850-1899'Aug. (Grand)'Sarah Good Charlotte BrontëJane EyrePrint: Book
1850-1899'" " (not finished)' [The ditto marks are below the words 'Aug.Grand']Sarah Good Elisabeth WernerFruhlingsbotenPrint: Book
1850-1899'" " (Swedish)' [The ditto marks are below the words 'Aug.Grand']Sarah Good Tor HedbergEtt EldprofPrint: Book
1850-1899'Sept. (Trans. into German)'Sarah Good Bjornstjerne BjornsonEin Frohlicher BurschPrint: Book
1850-1899'Dec. Not finished.'Sarah Good Benjamim DisraeliTancredPrint: Book
1850-1899'Jan. Very pretty stories'Sarah Good Ouida Bimbi, Stories for ChildrenPrint: Book
1850-1899'March at S. Martin's Lodge Scarborough'Sarah Good Charles MackarnessThe Message of the Prayer BookPrint: Book
1850-1899Ditto marks under the words: 'March at S. Martin's Lodge Scarborough'. Also, 'part of' is written before the title 'Lectures on the Creed'.Sarah Good Elizabeth WordsworthIllustrations of the CreedPrint: Book
1850-1899'June (-July with Winnie and Edith)'Sarah Good Thomas Babington MacaulayLord ClivePrint: Book
1850-1899Ditto marks underneath the words: 'June (-July with Winnie and Edith)'Sarah Good William ShakespeareThe Merchant of VenicePrint: Book
1850-1899'May,June' [ditto marks under the words '-July with Winnie and Edith'].Sarah Good Charles DickensThe Old Curiosity ShopPrint: Book
1850-1899'Aug. Jewish story'.Sarah Good Amy LevyReuben SachsPrint: Book
1900-1945'At St. Servan I became extravagant and purchased myself a birthday present for 4 francs. Ruskin's 'Stones of Venice'. I had no prose reading with me, and one can hav...Thomas Edward Lawrence John RuskinThe Stones of VenicePrint: Book
1900-1945'Scroggs came back from Pontorson by train, but I rode, [bicycle] and thereby saved 3 francs 50 cent. Another 50 cent. and I will have paid for my Ruskins. I like his ...Thomas Edward Lawrence John RuskinThe Stones of VenicePrint: Book
1850-1899'Sep.Sep at Harborne'Sarah Good James BarrieThe Little MinisterPrint: Book
1900-1945'Much T. E. Lawrence talk whom I knew slightly and always thought a bore and a bounder and a prig.... Storrs [Sir Ronald, an official in the British Foreign and Colon...Henry Channon Thomas Edward LawrenceThe Seven Pillars of WisdomPrint: Book
1900-1945'Next morning. My Ruskin is better than ever. I will have him bound in Oxford, or will bind him myself. It gives a most masterly exposition of the meaning and method ...Thomas Edward Lawrence John RuskinThe Stones of VenicePrint: Book
1900-1945'...and in the little bays I have damaged myself on rocks. I had been reading there on a cliff seat I constructed for about 5 hours on Sunday afternoon, when I woke u...Thomas Edward Lawrence [Anon] [Anon][unknown]Print: Book, 'books' 'with all my books in my hand'
1900-1945'To fill up this rather mixed letter I will give you a sketch of one of my days here. I wake at 7. and get up at 7.30. At eight I take "petit dejuner", and after insp...Thomas Edward Lawrence [Anon] [Anon][unknown]Unknown
1900-1945'"The day was fair and sunny, sea and sky "Drank its inspiring radiance, and the wind "Swept strongly from the shore, blackening the waves." I went to my seat on the c...Thomas Edward Lawrence [Anon] [Anon][unknown]Unknown
1900-1945'While walking about there before continuing my reading I fell into a little lake, between two rocks, and I wet all my legs. It was "A still salt pool, locked in wi...Thomas Edward Lawrence [Anon] [Anon][unknown]Unknown
1900-1945'Tell Arnie [brother] that at Kidwelly I stayed at the Pelican Hotel, where the prices charged me were only 2/3 of those given in the C.T.C. handbook'.Thomas Edward Lawrence [n/a] [n/a]The Cyclists' Touring Club GazettePrint: Serial / periodical, Handbook/Gazette
1900-1945'(By the way Yniol's castle is founded on Caerphilly which Tennyson visited). (See "Geraint and Enid")'Thomas Edward Lawrence Alfred, Lord Tennyson'Geraint and Enid'Unknown
1900-1945'I rode to Montbard...and thence here, which is a tiny village about 15 miles from Vezelay "the grandest Norman church in Europe" (or outside it I presume) the guide-...Thomas Edward Lawrence [Anon] [Anon][guide book]Print: Book
1900-1945'Will you if you write to Carcassonne tell me what is happening in Turkey: the rubbish here that they call newspapers say one day that movements are taking place amon...Thomas Edward Lawrence [n/a] [n/a]newspapersPrint: Newspaper
1900-1945'To my joy there was a book-case in the room and soon I was engrossed in a book which I later found was Ian Hay's "The First Hundred Thousand" a fictionalised account...Hymie Fagan Ian HayThe First Hundred ThousandPrint: Book
1850-1899'Sep. The story of a hate'Sarah Good Robert BuchananGod and the ManPrint: Book
1850-1899'Hon. Canon of Norwich. Vic. of Ipswich S Mary.'Sarah Good J. R. TurnockOne Body: The Story of the Church of EnglandPrint: Book
1850-1899'May - Autobiography'Sarah Good Frances Hodgson-BurnettThe One I Knew the Best of AllPrint: Book
1850-1899'Australian Bush life'Sarah Good Rolf BoldrewoodRobbery Under ArmsPrint: Book
1850-1899'In Aunt-Judy 1885'Sarah Good Horatia Katharine Frances GattyJuliana Horatia Ewing and Her BooksPrint: Book
1900-1945'April at Scarboro''Sarah Good William BlackA Daughter of HethPrint: Book
1850-1899'May (Stowe Hill)'Sarah Good Rolf BoldrewoodThe Squatter's DreamPrint: Book
1850-1899'Maria Stuart'Sarah Good Johann Christoph Friedrich von SchillerMaria StuartPrint: Book
1850-1899'The Guided Life'Sarah Good George BodyThe Guided LifePrint: Book
1850-1899'Our Village'Sarah Good Mary Russell MitfordOur Village: Sketches of Rural Character and Scene...Print: Book
1850-1899'King Lear'Sarah Good William ShakespeareKing LearPrint: Book
1850-1899'One of a Covey'Sarah Good Sue Chestnutwood PerkinsOne of a CoveyPrint: Book
1850-1899'Harold'Sarah Good Edward George Bulwer-LyttonHaroldPrint: Book



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