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Record Number: 18428


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

''We talked a great deal of our poor friend, Lady E[-], and lady [-] said she thought the portrait of Imogen, in the Novice of St Dominic, was a fac-simile of her character, and not at all a flattered portrait; that it had always appeared to her wonderful how the authoress of that novel should have so correctly portrayed Lady E[-] without knowing her [...] Lady [-] and myself then discussed the merit of Miss Owenson, and agreed, as I believe most people do, in thinking her a very extraordinary woman, with genius of a very high stamp. When I told Lady [-] I had never read the Novice of St Dominic, she was much surprised, and said, "Read it without delay, for the enthusiasm and exquisite sentiments which are conspicuous throughout the whole work, will enchant you. It is a most fascinating book. Perhaps you will find the half of the first volume heavy, and the language, though beautiful in parts, inflated. But I greatly prefer Imogen to the superhuman Corinne, whose character, though pleasing as a whole, is not always natural or consistent".'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

unknown

Country:

n/a

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:

Lady [-]

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Gentry

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

n/a

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

friend of Charlotte Bury



Text Being Read:

Author:

Sydney Owensen

Title:

Novice of St Dominic, The

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

18428

Source:

Print

Author:

Charlotte Bury

Editor:

A. Francis Steuart

Title:

Diary of a Lady-in-Waiting, The

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1908

Vol:

II

Page:

84-5

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Charlotte Bury, A. Francis Steuart (ed.), Diary of a Lady-in-Waiting, The (London, 1908), II, p. 84-5, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=18428, accessed: 26 January 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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