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Record 22813

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
The Right Honourable J. Bryce to Alfred Tennyson: 'As I have been abroad for some time it was only a little while ago that I obtained and read your "Becket." Will you, since you were so kind as to read me some of it last July, let me tell you how much enjoyment and light it has given me? Impressive as were the parts read, it impresses one incomparably more when studied as a whole. One cannot imagine a more vivid, a more perfectly faithful picture than it gives both of Henry and of Thomas. Truth in history is naturally truth in poetry; but you have made the characters of the two men shine out in a way which, while it never deviates from the impression history gives of them, goes beyond and perfects history [continues].'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 01 Dec 1876 and 31 Dec 1884
Country: n/a
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:Alfred Tennyson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 6 Aug 1809
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
J. Bryce
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Alfred Tennyson
Title: Becket
Genre: Drama, History, Poetry
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 22813  
Source - Print  
  Author: Hallam Tennyson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1897
  Vol: 2
  Page: 199
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Hallam Tennyson, Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son (London, 1897), 2, p. 199, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=22813, accessed: 23 August 2019

Additional comments:

Composition of text begun in Dec 1876; first proofs printed 1879, but not published until Dec 1884 (see p.193 in source).

 

 

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