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Record 7882

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
Fanny Kemble, journal letter to Harriet St. Leger, 27 June 1835, listing 'the books just now lying on my table, all of which I have been reading lately': 'Alfieri's "Life", by himself, a curious and interesting work; Washington Irving's last book, "A Tour on the Prairies", rather an ordinary book, upon a not ordinary subject, but not without sufficiently interesting matter in it too; Dr. Combe's "Principles of Physiology"; and a volume of Marlowe's plays, containing "Dr. Faustus". I have just finished Hayward's Translation of Goethe's "Faust", and wanted to see the old English treatment of the subject. I have read Marlowe's play with more curiosity than pleasure. This is, after all, but a small sample of what I read, but if you remember the complexion of my studies when I was a girl at Heath Farm and read Jeremy Taylor and Byron together, I can only say that they are still apt to be of the same heterogenous quality. But my brain is kept in a certain state of activity by them, and that, I suppose, is one of the desirable results of reading.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Jun 1835
Country: USA
Time: n/a
Place: city: Branchtown
   
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:Fanny Kemble
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 27 Nov 1809
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Actress
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: USA
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Christopher Marlowe
Title: Doctor Faustus
Genre: Drama, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: in collection of Marlowe's plays
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 7882  
Source - Print  
  Author: Fanny Kemble
  Editor: Catherine Clinton
  Title: Fanny Kemble's Journals
  Place of Publication: Cambridge, Massachusetts
  Date of Publication: 2000
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 84
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Fanny Kemble, Catherine Clinton (ed.), Fanny Kemble's Journals (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2000), p. 84, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=7882, accessed: 16 July 2019

Additional comments:

 

 

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