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Record Number: 19513


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett, letter postmarked 14 June 1845: 'When I ask my wise self what I really do remember of that Prize-poem -- the answer is -- both of Chapman's lines a-top, quite worth any prize for the quoter -- then, the good epithet of "green Europe" contrasting with Africa -- then, deep in the piece, a picture of a vestal in a vault [...] I read the poem many years ago, and never since -- tho' I have an impression that the versification is good.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

unknown

Country:

unknown

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:

Robert Browning

Age:

Unknown

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

7 May 1812

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

writer

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

unknown

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Alfred Tennyson

Title:

Timbuctoo

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Pamphlet

Publication Details

Probably as published in Prolusiones Academicae (Cambridge, 1829)

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

19513

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis

Title:

The Brownings' Correspondence

Place of Publication:

Winfield

Date of Publication:

1992

Vol:

10

Page:

264

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1992), 10, p. 264, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=19513, accessed: 17 April 2024


Additional Comments:

Tennyson won Chancellor's Gold Medal for 'Timbuctoo' whilst a student at Cambridge, in 1829. Browning took a copy of Prolusiones Academicae, a pamphlet containing Cambridge University prize poems for 1829, on visit to Barrett on 11 June 1845; see p.261 n.2 in source. Source eds. also note that lines used as Tennyson's epigraph have never been identified in any work by George Chapman; see p.265 n.2 in source, and The Poems of Tennyson (1969), ed. Christopher Ricks, p.171n.

   
   
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