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Record 17119

Reading Experience:

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 14 March 1843: 'I have [italics]tried[end italics] to read "Duty and Inclination" -- I tried twice & failed. the first time I tried, it had just come out with Miss Landon's name on the title page & a laudatory introduction -- & I sent it back to the booksellers in the agony of a yawn in the middle of the first volume. A year afterwards I wanted something light to doze over, & I bethought me of "Duty of Inclination", -- & how Miss Landon cdnt surely have praised it quite for nothing, -- & how the fault of my yawning might have been in my physics rather than in "Duty['s]" imaginatives, .. & how I wd try it again. So I sent for the book and tried it for the second time. My dearest Miss Mitford, it is as nearly [italics]trash[end italics] as any book I can think of [...] It is the sort of lightness which tires you to death'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1838 and 31 Dec 1838
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:Elizabeth Barrett
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 6 Mar 1806
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: Evangelical
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: anon
Title: Duty and Inclination (volume 1)
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Published anon, 1838
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17119  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1989
  Vol: 7
  Page: 8
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1989), 7, p. 8,, accessed: 19 June 2019

Additional comments:



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