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Record Number: 30934


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'The books you sent me lasted beautifully. I read the two Lucases (which I loved) and the Hutchinson (mediocre) in the train and am now deep in "Ariel" which is delightful. After that I can get books on board.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

24 Aug 1923

Country:

France or at sea (Mediterranean)

Time

n/a

Place:

other location: on board the P&O liner S.S.'China' en route for Port Said

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:

Gertrude Bell

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

16 Jul 1868

Socio-Economic Group:

Gentry

Occupation:

Linguist, traveller, archaeologist, intelligence officer and Middle East political advisor

Religion:

originally Christian (Anglican) by now declared atheist

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

France or at sea (Mediterranean)

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

André Maurois

Title:

Ariel: ou La Vie de Shelley

Genre:

Poetry, Biography

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Paris:Bernard Grasset, 1923 (see also additional comment)

Provenance

owned
sent by (step) mother


Source Information:

Record ID:

30934

Source - Manuscript:

Other

Information:

Gertude Bell Archive, Newcastle University http://www.gerty.ncl.ac.uk/

Additional Information:

Letter from Gertrude Bell to Florence Bell, 24 August 1923 http://www.gerty.ncl.ac.uk/letter_details.php?letter_id=616

Citation:

Gertude Bell Archive, Newcastle University http://www.gerty.ncl.ac.uk/, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=30934, accessed: 14 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Must have been read in French since English translation did not appear until 1924.

   
   
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