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Record Number: 16332


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Elizabeth Barrett to Hugh Stuart Boyd, July 1832: 'I have read Hebrew regularly every day since I told you of my beginning Genesis, -- and I am now more than half way through Genesis, & begin to relax a little from the lexicon. From its being a primitive language it is very interesting in a philosophical point of view. I like to find the roots of words & ideas at the same time [...] I am glad I thought of having recourse to it, for if it had no other advantage, it has at least given a change of air to my mind. I have been reading besides, two Italian novels -- one by Manzani [sic], entitled the Betrothed, which, tho' heavy enough sometime, is very well written & very amiably written. The other is a continuation of the story, by a different & an unequal writer'.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 9 Jun 1832 and 31 Jul 1832

Country:

England

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:

Elizabeth Barrett

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

6 Mar 1806

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

n/a

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:

Alessandro Manzoni

Title:

I Promessi Sposi

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1827 (first English translation published 1828)

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

16332

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson

Title:

The Brownings' Correspondence

Place of Publication:

Winfield

Date of Publication:

1985

Vol:

3

Page:

30-31

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1985), 3, p. 30-31, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=16332, accessed: 24 April 2024


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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