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Record 3544

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
Letter 6/9/1857 (Bridge of Allan) - 'I am very glad those are the reasons for your dislike of Mme de Genlis - both because I can entirely agree in the general principle of them - and because I can defend - or think I can defend, my favourite from the application of them. ... I would go farther than most people in requiring sincerity, whether in art or education, I have found it, in practical matters, so curiously difficult to determine what is, or is not, insincerity... let us go at once to the examples of all sincerity in Him who was the Truth... tell me what rule you have fixed upon as in all cases setting limits to dissimulation - I will try and apply your rule to Mme de Genlis - and then say what I can for her. I like her for her love of heroism - her unselfishness - her general grace of feeling - her love of nature, blooming out as it does through the fashions and the ignorance of her time as a girl's love of wild sweetbriar might be detected among the formalities of her court bouquet - and her exquisite expression of the truths she does perceive.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: Probably Britain, but the author did travel to Europe on extended tours
Time: n/a
Place: city: Bridge of Allan
   
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:John Ruskin
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Date of Birth 8 Feb 1819
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer and art critic
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Probably Britain, but the author did travel to Europe on extended tours
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Stephane-Felicite de Genlis
Title: unknown
Genre: Fiction, Education, Conduct books
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 3544  
Source - Print  
  Author: John Ruskin
  Editor: Virginia Surtees
  Title: Sublime and Instructive. Letters from John Ruskin to Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, Anna Blunden and Ellen Heaton
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1972
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 16-18
  Additional comments: From letters written in Scotland to Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford

Citation: John Ruskin, Virginia Surtees (ed.), Sublime and Instructive. Letters from John Ruskin to Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, Anna Blunden and Ellen Heaton (London, 1972), p. 16-18, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=3544, accessed: 20 July 2019

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