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Record Number: 21905


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'the two poets [Owen and Sassoon] probably talked more about literature than anything else. Owen found that they had been "following parallel trenches all our lives" and "had more friends in common, authors I mean, than most people can boast of in a lifetime". By chance, Sassoon was reading a small volume of Keats which Lady Ottoline [Morrel] had sent him. He shared Owen's interest in the late-Victorian poets, including Housman, whose influence is often apparent in his war poems, but Owen was surprised to discover that he admired Hardy "more than anybody living". No doubt Sassoon persuaded him to start reading Hardy's poems. In return, Owen showed him Tailhade's book'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Until: 31 Aug 1917

Country:

England or Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

other location: possibly Craiglockhart hospital

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:

Siegfried Sassoon

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

8 Sep 1886

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

soldier and poet

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England or Scotland

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Thomas Hardy

Title:

n/a

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

21905

Source:

Print

Author:

Dominic Hibberd

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Owen the Poet

Place of Publication:

Basingstoke

Date of Publication:

1986

Vol:

n/a

Page:

105

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Dominic Hibberd, Owen the Poet, (Basingstoke, 1986), p. 105, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=21905, accessed: 28 November 2021


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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