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Richard Doddridge Blackmore


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Richard Doddridge Blackmore : Lorna Doone

[analysis of a female respondent in Arnold Freeman's 1918 Sheffield Survey] 'Housewife, age twenty-eight... Has read "David Copperfield", "The Old Curiosity Shop", "Lorna Doone", Louisa May Alcott and the travels of Livingstone and Darwin'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: questionaire respondent      Print: Book


Richard Doddridge Blackmore : Lorna Doone

[imaginative role play] 'One chauffeur's daughter alternated effortlessly between heroes and heroines: "I have plotted against pirates along with Jim Hawkins and I have trembled with Jane Eyre as the first Mrs Rochester rent her bridal veil in maddened jealousy. I have been shipwrecked with Masterman Ready and on Pitcairn Island with Fletcher Christian. I have been a medieval page in Sir Nigel and Lorna Doone madly in love with 'girt Jan Ridd'".

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Margaret Wharton      Print: Book


Richard Doddridge Blackmore : Lorna Doone

'I get "Lorna Doone". It is a good book so far.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Thomas Kitching      Print: Book


Richard Doddridge Blackmore : Cristowell

'... doubly read Cristowell by Blackmore.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Robert Louis Stevenson      Print: Book


Richard Doddridge Blackmore : Lorna Doone

'In one letter, written in June 1893, he logs Swinburne's Poems and Ballads, Lorna Doone ("seventh or eighth time"), Saintsbury's Essays on French Novelists, Dumas's Tulipe Noire, Maupassant, and some poems of Hugo and Gautier. A month later he is reporting on Andrew Lang's Lectures on Literature ("very good"), P. G. Hamerton's Intellectual Life ("excellent"), the poems of Robert Bridges ("very good") Henry James's Madonna of the Future ("peculiar"), R. L. Stevenson's Kidnapped and Master of Ballantrae ("fourth or fifth time"), Hugo's Notre Dame de Paris, and Ibsen's Doll House, League of Youth and Pillars of Society. "I am beginning to like Ibsen more than I did. I understand him better."'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: John Buchan      Print: Book


Richard Doddridge Blackmore : Lorna Doone

'Books read from Feby 16th/18

King Richard II    Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream    do.
Henry the Eighth    do.
As You Like It    do.
Ziska    Marie Corelli
Lorna Doone    R. D. Blackmore
Don Quixote de la mancha Vol II
(Miguel de Cervantes Savedra)
Food of the Gods    H. G. Wells
Odette's Marriage    Albert Delpit
A Walking Gentleman    James Prior
The Making of a Marchioness    F. H. Burnett
Vixen    Mrs. Braddon
The Magnetic North    Eliz. Robins
A Roman Singer    Marion Crawford
In the Reign of Terror    G. A. Henty
Songs of a Sourdough    R. W. Service
Forest Folk    James Prior
John Henry    Hugh McHugh
The Inviolable Sanctuary    G. A. Birmingham'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Edward Henry Jones      Print: Book


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