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Record 18771

Reading Experience:

'In a BBC talk of 1947 about the book that had most influenced her early years, she chose to talk about Rider Haggard's "She"; she came upon it at the age of twelve, "when I was finding the world too small". The descriptions of Kor, the great derelict city, caught her imagination. She "saw" Kor before she ever saw London: "Inevitably, the Thames Embankment was a disappointment".'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 7 Jun 1911 and 7 Jun 1912
Country: Ireland
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 Bowen
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 7 Jun 1899
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: later writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Anglican
Country of experience: Ireland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Henry Rider Haggard
Title: She
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18771  
Source - Print  
  Author: Victoria Glendinning
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Elizabeth Bowen: Portrait of a Writer
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1977
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 32
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Victoria Glendinning, Elizabeth Bowen: Portrait of a Writer (London, 1977), p. 32,, accessed: 06 December 2019

Additional comments:

Bowen later wrote a short story entitled 'Mysterious Kor'.



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