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Record Number: 19531


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Elizabeth Barrett to Robert Browning, letter postmarked 20 December 1845: 'Mrs. Sigourney has just sent me, .. just this morning .. her "Scenes in my native land" -- &, peeping between the uncut leaves, I read of the poet Hillhouse, of "sublime spirit & Miltonic energy," standing in "the temple of Fame" as if it were built on purpose for him! -- I supppose he is like most of the American poets .. who are shadows of the true .. as flat as a shadow, as colourless as a shadow, as lifeless & as transitory.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 18 Dec 1845 and 20 Dec 1845

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 Barrett

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

6 Mar 1806

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

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:

Lydia Sigourney

Title:

Scenes in my Native Land

Genre:

Essays / Criticism, Poetry, Geography / Travel

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

London and Boston, 1845

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

19531

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis

Title:

The Brownings' Correspondence

Place of Publication:

Winfield

Date of Publication:

1993

Vol:

11

Page:

251

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1993), 11, p. 251, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=19531, accessed: 13 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Sigourney's comments on James Abraham Hillhouse appear at p.262 in text, in essay entitled "Moonlight at Sachem's Wood, New Haven, Connecticut' (see p.253 n.5 in source).

   
   
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