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Record Number: 17120


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 14 March 1843: 'I have [italics]tried[end italics] to read "Duty and Inclination" -- I tried twice & failed. the first time I tried, it had just come out with Miss Landon's name on the title page & a laudatory introduction -- & I sent it back to the booksellers in the agony of a yawn in the middle of the first volume. A year afterwards I wanted something light to doze over, & I bethought me of "Duty of Inclination", -- & how Miss Landon cdnt surely have praised it quite for nothing, -- & how the fault of my yawning might have been in my physics rather than in "Duty['s]" imaginatives, .. & how I wd try it again. So I sent for the book and tried it for the second time. My dearest Miss Mitford, it is as nearly [italics]trash[end italics] as any book I can think of [...] It is the sort of lightness which tires you to death'.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1839 and 31 Dec 1839

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:

writer

Religion:

Evangelical

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:

anon

Title:

Duty and Inclination

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Published anon, 1838

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

17120

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson

Title:

The Brownings' Correspondence

Place of Publication:

Winfield

Date of Publication:

1989

Vol:

7

Page:

8

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1989), 7, p. 8, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=17120, accessed: 27 November 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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