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Record 3669

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
Letter H. 39 - 12/10/1856 - "-I don't know when I read a poem, since as a boy I first read "The Assyrian came down" - which has given me such intense pleasure as the "Burden of Nineveh" in No. 8 of Oxford & Cambridge - Pleasure of course - of a different kind but I am quite wild about it - That profound last stanza - the infinite power and ease of all!!!"
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 01 Sep 1856 and 30 Oct 1856
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: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Title: The Burden of Nineveh
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: August 1856 issue, The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine, produced by William Morris et al.
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 3669  
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: 189-90
  Additional comments: From the editor's footnote: "Ruskin greatly admired Byron's poetry; the quotation is from Destruction of Sennacherib. The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine, a monthly publication... was started by William Morris, Burne-Jones and some undergraduate friends... Ruskin, in Switzerland at the time, had missed the August issue which carried an unsigned poem by Rossetti: The Burden of Nineveh, but seeing it non his return he wrote excitedly to him: 'I am wild to know who is the Author of the "Burden of Nineveh" in No. VIII of Oxford and Cambridge. It is glorious. PLease find out for me, and see if I can get acquainted with him.' (The works of John Ruskin, Library Edition, ed. E.T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburnm, 39 vols, London: George Allen, Vol 36, p. 243, misdated). From a letter to Ellen Heaton (12/10/1856).

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. 189-90, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=3669, accessed: 21 July 2019

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