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Record Number: 32338


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'"The Roots of the Mountains" is the chief cause of my silence. It is not, however, in spite of this, nearly as good as the first volume of "The Well at the World's End", although the interest is better sustained throughout. To begin with , I was desperately disappointed to find that there is nothing supernatural....It is still utterly different from any novel you ever read. Apart from the quaint and beautiful old English, which means so much to me, the supernatural... yet hovers on the margin all the time.... Another thing I like about it is that the characters are not mediaeval knights but Norse mountain tribes.... well worth reading, I don't know if it's really worth buying.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 12 May 1915 and 28 May 1915

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

Great Bookham
Surrey
'Gastons'

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:

Clive Staples Lewis

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

29 Nov 1898

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Student

Religion:

Church of England

Country of Origin:

Northern Ireland

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

William Morris

Title:

The Roots of the Mountains

Genre:

Fiction, History, Social Science, Politics

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Longman's Pocket Library edition, 2 volumes, 1913

Provenance

borrowed (other)
not known from which library


Source Information:

Record ID:

32338

Source:

Print

Author:

C. S. Lewis

Editor:

Walter Hooper

Title:

C. S. Lewis Collected Letters

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

2000

Vol:

1

Page:

122

Additional Comments:

From a letter to Arthur Greeves, 25 May 1915

Citation:

C. S. Lewis, Walter Hooper (ed.), C. S. Lewis Collected Letters, (London, 2000), 1, p. 122, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=32338, accessed: 19 June 2024


Additional Comments:

'Longman's pocket edition' is referred to in a letter to Arthur Greeves, 11 May 1915. That the book was borrowed is implied by the comment that it is not 'really worth buying'.

   
   
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