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Record 9297

Reading Experience:

'she was reading Dryden's "Don Sebastian", which treats of incest, and happened to ask Byron a question. He said angrily: "Where did you hear that?". "I looked up and saw that he was holding over me a dagger which he usually wore. I replied, "Oh, only from this book". I was not afraid - I as persuaded he only did it to terrify me".'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 2 Jan 1815 and 1 Feb 1815
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Halnaby
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:Anne Isabella (Annabella), Baroness Byron
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 17 May 1792
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: unknown
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: Nee Milbanke


Text Being Read:

Author: John Dryden
Title: Don Sebastian
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 9297  
Source - Print  
  Author: Ethel Colburn Mayne
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Life and Letters of Anne Isabella, Lady Noel Byron
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1969
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 162
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Ethel Colburn Mayne, The Life and Letters of Anne Isabella, Lady Noel Byron (London, 1969), p. 162,, accessed: 11 August 2020

Additional comments:

this was on her honeymoon!



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