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Record 3865

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
Letter H 49 (late November 1856) ?Mrs Brownings poem is the finest in the English language ? poem I mean ? (not drama) ? but it is a noble drama too ? ?
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 1856
Country: Probably Britain, but the reader did travel to Europe on extended tours
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 08 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: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Title: Aurora Leigh
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 3865  
Source - Print  
  Author: John Ruskin
  Editor: Virginia Surtees
  Title: Sublime and InstructiveLetters 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: 194-5
  Additional comments: From the editor?s footnote: ?Aurora Leigh had been recently published. In writing to Browning on Nov. 27th, Ruskin used nearly the same choice of words: ?I think Aurora Leigh the greatest poem in the English language? ? When lending his copy to a friend he wrote: ?I send Aurora at last. It is not marked ? no use marking ? unless one illuminated it ? line by line.?1 1(The Works of John Ruskin, Library Edition, ed. E.T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, 39 vols, George Allen, 1903-12, Volume 36, pp. 247-8)

Citation: John Ruskin, Virginia Surtees (ed.), Sublime and InstructiveLetters from John Ruskin to Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, Anna Blunden and Ellen Heaton (London, 1972), p. 194-5, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=3865, accessed: 16 July 2019

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