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Record Number: 33968


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Iíve read nothing but poetry since I saw you, except one novel, a curious rough sort of book called "Fortuna Chance" by James Prior, the scene laid in Sherwood Forest, very good in some ways but rather hard to read.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Between 14 Feb 1911 and 25 Feb 1911

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: London
specific address: 40 St Luke's Road, West London

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:

William Henry Hudson

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

4 Aug 1841

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Field naturalist, author

Religion:

Protestant (Anglican) in childhood only

Country of Origin:

Argentina

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

James Prior

Title:

Fortuna Chance

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

London: Constable, 1910

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

33968

Source:

Print

Author:

William Henry Hudson

Editor:

Denis Shrubsall

Title:

The Unpublished Letters of W. H. Hudson, the First Literary Environmentalist, 1841-1922

Place of Publication:

Lewiston, N.Y.

Date of Publication:

2006

Vol:

2

Page:

449

Additional Comments:

Letter from Hudson to Margaret Brooke, Dowager Ranee of Sarawak, 25 February 1911, 40 St Luke's Road, West London.

Citation:

William Henry Hudson, Denis Shrubsall (ed.), The Unpublished Letters of W. H. Hudson, the First Literary Environmentalist, 1841-1922, (Lewiston, N.Y., 2006), 2, p. 449, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=33968, accessed: 31 March 2023


Additional Comments:

This was a historical-regional novel, praised by Thomas Hardy and John Buchan (see Kemp, Mitchell and Trotter, 'Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction' 1997, p. 321). James Prior was the pseudonym of James P. Kirk.

   
   
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