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

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Record Number: 6104


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Uncle Richard had adored Ruskin, and worshipped Morris, and had slept for years with a copy of "In Memoriam" under his pillow. He told me once how he and his friends used to wait outside the bookshops in the early morning, when they heard that a new volume of Tennyson was to come out. He had read all Browning too, and all Wordsworth, and Carlyle, in fact nearly everything contemporary; and he constantly re-read the Classics in their own classic tongues... a triumph of timing occurred once when he was listening to the Thunderstorm in the Pastoral Symphony, and reading the thunderstorm in "Oedipus at Colonus", and a real thunderstorm took place!'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

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:

Richard Litchfield

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1832

Socio-Economic Group:

Gentry

Occupation:

unknown

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

England

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:

n/a

Genre:

Essays / Criticism, Poetry, Politics

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

6104

Source:

Print

Author:

Gwen Raverat

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Period Piece

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1952

Vol:

n/a

Page:

126

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Gwen Raverat, Period Piece, (London, 1952), p. 126, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=6104, accessed: 20 June 2024


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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