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Record Number: 33608


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

From Mukalla I made my way with a small caravan of donkeys, inland to the wadi Du'an [...] But in Du'an I sickened, and in the great wadi Hadhramaut I very nearly died. I lay there for a fortnight facing, like someone condemned, a death that seemed both impossible and inevitable. In the intervals of weakness I read Virgil [Latin quotations from 'Aeneid' Book III, 493 and Book VI, 640 and the 'Georgics', Book III, 290 follow]

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 25 Feb 1933 and 13 Mar 1933

Country:

Yemen

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Shibam
county: Shibam, Hadhramaut

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:

Freya Stark

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

31 Jan 1893

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Travel writer

Religion:

Christian

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

Yemen

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Virgil

Title:

Aeneid

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

read in Latin

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

33608

Source:

Print

Author:

Freya Stark

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Coast of Incense: Autobiography 1933-1939

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1953

Vol:

n/a

Page:

19-20

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Freya Stark, The Coast of Incense: Autobiography 1933-1939, (London, 1953), p. 19-20, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=33608, accessed: 25 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Dame Freya Madeline Stark (31 January 1893 - 9 May 1993) was a British traveller and explorer. Stark was ill with malaria and a heart condition from c.25 February 1933 to 13 March 1933, when she was effectively bedridden. Both the 'Aeneid' and the 'Georgics' were read in Latin.

   
   
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