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Record Number: 32353


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I have been reading again "The Well at the World's End", and it has completely ravished me. There is something awfully nice about reading a book again, with all the half-unconscious memories it brings back. "The Well" always brings to mind our lovely hill-walk in the frost and fog - you remember - because I was reading it then. The very names of chapters and places make me happy.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Nov 1915 and 15 Nov 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 Well at the World's End

Genre:

Fiction, Prose romance, precursor to the fantasy novel

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

32353

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:

153

Additional Comments:

From a letter to Arthur Greeves, 16 November 1915

Citation:

C. S. Lewis, Walter Hooper (ed.), C. S. Lewis Collected Letters, (London, 2000), 1, p. 153, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=32353, accessed: 20 June 2024


Additional Comments:

This book was such a favourite of Lewis's that I think it more than likely that he did own it, but there is nothing definite in his correspondence. I have been unable to find a date for the earlier reading.

   
   
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