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Record 20892

Reading Experience:

'During Preparation one wild autumn evening in St Monica's gymnasium, when the wind shook the unsubstantial walls and a tiny crescent of moon, glimpsed through a skylight in the roof, scudded in and out of the flying clouds, I first read Shelley's "Adonais", which taught me in the most startling and impressive fashion of my childhood's experience to perceive beauty embodied in literature, and made me finally determine to become the writer that I had dreamed of being ever since I was seven years old.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 29 Dec 1906 and 31 Dec 1912
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Kingswood
county: Surrey
specific address: St Monica's School
location in dwelling: Gymnasium
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:Vera Brittain
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 29 Dec 1893
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: unknown
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: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Title: Adonais
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 20892  
Source - Print  
  Author: Vera Brittain
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Testament of Youth
  Place of Publication: Great Britain
  Date of Publication: 1978
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 40
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth (Great Britain, 1978), p. 40,, accessed: 23 August 2019

Additional comments:



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