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Record Number: 53


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'The other day for a treat Charlie got me La Petite Comtesse to read. I never was more delighted with any story. It is so beautifully and pathetically written, but so sad that it made me miserable. I shan't read any more books. For a whole day after I had finished my charming petite comtesse, I found I took not the faintest interest in any of my household duties, and wanted only to sit by the fire and read, read, read, all through my life.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Until: 15 Dec 1860

Country:

France

Time

daytime: All day

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:

Katey Dickens

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

29 Oct 1839

Socio-Economic Group:

Gentry

Occupation:

Painter

Religion:

Church of England

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

France

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Feuillet Octave

Title:

La Petite Comtesse

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

53

Source:

Print

Author:

Lucinda Hawksley

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Katey: the Life and Loves of Dickens's Artist Daughter

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

2006

Vol:

n/a

Page:

168

Additional Comments:

Hawksley quotes this letter with no provenance. She dates it as being early December 1860, and the respondent as Harriet Collins.

Citation:

Lucinda Hawksley, Katey: the Life and Loves of Dickens's Artist Daughter (London, 2006), p. 168, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=53, accessed: 18 September 2019


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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