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Record 3661

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
Letter H 3 - 9/2/1855 - "I will not fail to quote Mrs Browning in the book I am now about. I think more highly of her poetry than ever - she is a noble creature."
Century: 1800-1849, 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: Probably Britain, but reader travelled extensively
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:John Ruskin
Age Adult (18-100+)
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 reader travelled extensively
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Title: Poems, including "Drama of Exile"
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 3661  
Source - Print  
  Author: John Ruskin
  Editor: Virginia Surtees
  Title: Sublime and Instructive. Letters from John Ruskin to Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, Anna Blunden and Elle Heaton.
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1972
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 155
  Additional comments: From the editor's footnote: "Ruskin had been rereading Mrs Browning's poems, which were to him of 'unspeakable preciousness'. 'I trust that you may be a little pleased by some things I shall have to say of you in the book I am just about now' he wrote to her on March 4th 1855. 'I am going to bind your poems in a golden binding, and give them to my class of working men - as the purest and most exalting poetry in our language. Only, pray, in the next edition, alter that first verse of the "Drama of Exile" (1844) - Gehenna and when a -' (The Works of John Ruskin Library Edition, ed. E.T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, 39 vols, George Allen, 1903-12, Volume 36, pp. 191-2. From a letter to Ellen Heaton (9/2/1855) and a letter to Elizabeth Barrett Browning (4/3/1855).

Citation: John Ruskin, Virginia Surtees (ed.), Sublime and Instructive. Letters from John Ruskin to Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, Anna Blunden and Elle Heaton. (London, 1972), p. 155, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=3661, accessed: 16 October 2019

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