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Record 3674

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
Letter H 32 - 11/1/1857 - "Here is a little bit of criticism at last by way of example on your beginning of the Butterfly. "I am going to tell you." This is familiar - as if to a child. But half way down page, you becomes thee - with inverted heroic phrase "Despise not" as if it were some very grand person whom you were talking to; this is a dramatic flaw. ?Loveliest creatures that draw food? ? Why not ?feed?. Weak, because too long. If you mean to limit the phrase to proboscidian feeding ? your compliment to the butterflies is weak ? For it is not much to be fairer than Gnats & midges and such like ? who literally draw food. ?Heart of fairest cloud? is pretty. ?Through many of the daylight hours? ? Very long ? but I see it won?t contract.? ?Is it you have sent? ? ?Who have?, I think ? is necessary. I don?t see anything else to snap at for a long way. The fable is very pretty ? if only you will make your caterpillar dramatically correct - & not so much like one of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton?s best heroes. ?Make him full of caterpillar faults ? like a poor mortal ? cold blooded ? also ? as he is - & without a heart... The essence of a good fable is that every beast should have his own proper nature.?
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Aug 1856 and 11 Jan 1857
Country: Probably Britain, but the reader did travel to Europe on extended tours
Time: n/a
Place: other location: England
   
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 the reader 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: Ellen Heaton
Title: Tales
Genre: Fiction, Fables
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unpublished short tales
Publication details: Unpublished, sent to reader probably to ask for his opinion
Provenance: borrowed (other)

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 3674  
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: 196-7
  Additional comments: Letter from John Ruskin to Ellen Heaton (11/1/1857).

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. 196-7, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=3674, accessed: 16 October 2019

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