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Record 20438

Reading Experience:

E. M. Forster to Forrest Reid, 5 October 1913: 'We are here [Harrogate] till the 10th [...] It has been a dull month, but not boring. [...] I ordered Chanson de Billitis [sic] from the L[ondon] L[ibrary] and it came as Byblis whiich smelt of the boudoir rather than the forest, but I liked it.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Sep 1913 and 5 Oct 1913
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Harrogate
county: Yorkshire
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:E. M. Forster
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1 Jan 1879
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
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: Pierre Louys
Title: Byblis changee en fontaine
Genre: Fiction, Poetry, Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1898
Provenance: borrowed (public library)


Source Information:

Record ID: 20438  
Source - Print  
  Author: E. M. Forster
  Editor: Mary Lago and P. N. Furbank
  Title: Selected Letters of E. M. Forster
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1983
  Vol: 1
  Page: 207
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: E. M. Forster, Mary Lago and P. N. Furbank (ed.), Selected Letters of E. M. Forster (London, 1983), 1, p. 207,, accessed: 20 August 2019

Additional comments:

Text expected was Louys' Les Chansons de Bilitis, 'poems of Sapphic love' (see p.207 n.4 in source).



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