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Record Number: 12185


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Before leaving BIdeford, he told Osborne, he had read Rossetti's poems "rapturously": "I am mad about Rossetti ever since and I solemnly declare that of all poems that I have read "Sister Helen" is the finest. Never in my life, not in Shakespeare, not even in Browning have I read such superbly passionate, such agonizingly intense accents of unfaltering revenge and implacable hate, creating, surely, a new shudder!"'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1882 and 31 Dec 1882

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Bideford
county: Devon

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:

Arthur Symons

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

28 Feb 1865

Socio-Economic Group:

Clergy (includes all denominations)

Occupation:

preacher's son, later poet

Religion:

Wesleyan, later none

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Title:

'Sister Helen'

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

12185

Source:

Print

Author:

Karl Beckson

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Arthur Symons. A Life

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1987

Vol:

n/a

Page:

17

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Karl Beckson, Arthur Symons. A Life (Oxford, 1987), p. 17, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=12185, accessed: 14 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Quotation taken from 1882 letter to Osborne held at Princeton

   
   
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