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Record Number: 17603


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 28 December 1844: 'I have just finished the "Chouans." Of a certain power, without any doubt, but very heavy in many parts, & exceedingly painful in all [goes on to comment further on this text] [...] nobody in the world could read it a second time [...] 'Also I am reading David Sechard [...] Balzac has bewitched me [...] His wonderful greatness in making the ideality, real, -- & the reality, ideal, I take to be unequalled among writers. The first volume I have not finished yet [goes on to comment further on text] [...] I delight in the book, as far as I have read! -- It is worth twenty "Chouans" to my particular taste at least.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 24 Dec 1844 and 28 Dec 1844

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:

Honore de Balzac

Title:

Le dernier Chouan

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1829

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

17603

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis

Title:

The Brownings' Correspondence

Place of Publication:

Winfield

Date of Publication:

1991

Vol:

9

Page:

293

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1991), 9, p. 293, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=17603, accessed: 16 April 2024


Additional Comments:

Barrett writes of being about to begin reading text in letter to Mitford of 24 December 1844; see p.293 in source.

   
   
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