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Rachel Baker : Remarkable Sermons of Rachel Baker and pious ejaculations


Century: 1700-1799 / 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Taylor Coleridge      Print: Book


Rachel Field : All This and Heaven Too

[List of books read during 1944]: 'The Specialist; All This and Heaven Too; Antony; Uncle Tom's Cabin; Roper's Row; Tom Brown's Schooldays; Life's a Circus; The Keys of the Kingdom; Two Survived; Hamlet; King's Nurse, Beggar's Nurse; The Snow Goose; Gerald; Early Stages; Cross Creek; Footnotes to the Ballet; The Great Ship; Hungry Hill; Hiawatha; Captain Blood; Scaramouche; Heartbreak House; Fortune's Fool; Fifth Form at St Dominic's; Cold Comfort Farm; The Lost King; The count of Monte Cristo; Diary of a Provincial Lady; Frenchman's Creek; Song of Bernadette; Romeo and Juliet; Rebecca; The Surgeon's Destiny; The Killer and the Slain; Anna; King Solomon's Mines; The Black Moth; Have His Carcase; Peacock Pie; Alice in Wonderland; The Citadel; Good Companions; Our Hearts were Young and Gay; Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man; The Healing Knife; First Year Out; Saint Joan; Stars Look Down; Bridge of San Luis Rey; Rogue Herries; Caesar and Cleopatra; Xmas at Cold Comfort Farm; Dark Lady of the Sonnets; The Velvet Deer; Leaves from a Surgeon's Case Book; A Christmas Carol; Craft of Comedy; As You Like It; Lottie Dundass; Plays of John Galsworthy; Provincial Lady in America; She Shanties; Peter Abelard; Actor, Soldier, Poet; The Best of Lamb; Some Essay of Elia; Poems, Plays etc; The White Cliffs; Three Men in a Boat; Confessions of an Opium Eater; In Search of England; Wuthering Heights; Pericles, Prince of Tyre; Poems of Contemporary Women; Crime at the Club; Quality Street; Villette; Major Barbara; Pygmalion; You Never Can Tell; King John; Doctor's Dilemma'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Hilary Spalding      Print: Book


Rachel Hunter : Lady Maclairn, the Victim of Villainy

In a joking letter to her niece, Anna Austen, Jane Austen writes, 'Miss Jane Austen begs her best thanks may be conveyed to Mrs Hunter of Norwich [...] Miss Jane Austen's tears have flowed over each sweet sketch in such a way as would do Mrs Hunter's heart good to see; if Mrs Hunter could understand all Miss Jane Austen's interest in the subject she would certainly have the kindness to publish at least 4 vols more about the Flint family...'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Jane Austen      Print: Book


Rachel Field : All this and Heaven Too

'Oh, I like all kinds of books - historical, semi-biography, well written. I liked "How Green was My Valley": and "All this and Heaven Too" ....I must say I can't read novels when I'm all upset. Now what have I read lately? Oh, I loved "Portrait of a Village", Brett Young: it was enchanting - "Royal Escape", "Spanish Bride", Georgette Heyer; Frankau's "Royal Regiment', oh and "Elizabeth of Bohemia". I loved that.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group:      Print: Book


Rachel  : [letters from Glasser's aunt]

'I read the letters [from Aunt Rachel] again and again as I strode furiously across the Parks, and the wind threw tears cold against my face. Often, reading her carefully rounded copperplate English - learnt at night school long ago - I heard again the words she had uttered through tears when I first told her of the scholarship: "If only your mother could have been spared to see you turn out like this..."'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Ralph Glasser      Manuscript: Letter


Rachel  : [letter]

'Towards the end of the war I would receive a letter in her tiny, rounded hand, one of those wartime "pre-mission" letters, intended for onward transmission only if the writer did not return. Two sentences in particular would burn into my mind, and whenever I thought of them I would hear her voice in my head: "You suffer because you are the man you are. I did not always know how to give you the understanding you need."'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Ralph Glasser      Manuscript: Letter


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