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Record Number: 14045


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Mrs Hugh Fraser, wife of the British diplomat Hugh Fraser, recalls acquaintances made whilst en poste with him in China (1874-78): 'Outside of his work Sir Robert Hart, on principle, provided for his mind the very lightest literature, amusing French novels being his favourite reading. He told me that he found in these trifles the only complete relaxation from business worries; he could read them through without a single effort of thought and forget all about them directly afterwards.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 31 Aug 1874 and 31 May 1878

Country:

China

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:

Sir Robert Hart

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Head of Imperial Customs Service, China

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

China

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

unknown

Title:

[Light French novels]

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

14045

Source:

Print

Author:

Mrs Hugh Fraser

Editor:

n/a

Title:

A Diplomatist's Wife in Many Lands

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1910

Vol:

2

Page:

172-73

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Mrs Hugh Fraser, A Diplomatist's Wife in Many Lands (London, 1910), 2, p. 172-73, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=14045, accessed: 04 July 2022


Additional Comments:

Not clear whether texts read in translation or in original.

   
   
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