Switch to English Switch to French

The Open University  |   Study at the OU  |   About the OU  |   Research at the OU  |   Search the OU

Listen to this page  |   Accessibility

the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

Reading Experience Database UK Historical image of readers
 
 
 
 

Record Number: 33645


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Luckily I have Virgil with me - I read him on my terrace in the afternoon when the sun has gone off. Nothing could be more comforting, more serenely strong; he has more beautiful descriptions of the quiet night than any poet I know. And perhaps the pagan poet is more of a help when one is near death, for he hopes nothing and faces it with so calm a courage.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

13 Mar 1935

Country:

Yemen

Time

afternoon
daytime

Place:

city: Shibam
county: 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

n/a

Provenance

owned
Almost certainly read in Latin


Source Information:

Record ID:

33645

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:

89-90

Additional Comments:

Letter to Venetia Buddicom

Citation:

Freya Stark, The Coast of Incense: Autobiography 1933-1939, (London, 1953), p. 89-90, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=33645, accessed: 18 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Dame Freya Madeline Stark (31 January 1893 - 9 May 1993) was a British explorer and travel writer. This reading experience is from a letter to Venetia Buddicom, and Stark was almost certainly reading Virgil in Latin rather than in translation.

   
   
Green Turtle Web Design