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Record Number: 19629


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Mary Russell Mitford, 13 December 1850: 'For Mary Barton, I am a little, little disappointed, do you know. I have just done reading it. There is power & truth -- she can shape & she can pierce -- but I wish half the book away, it is so tedious every now & then, -- and besides I want more beauty, more air from the universal world -- these class-books must always be defective as works of art [...] Then the style of the book is slovenly, and given to a kind of phraseology which would be vulgar even in colloquial English. Oh -- it is a powerful book in many ways -- You are not to set me down as hypercritical. Probably the author will write herself clear of many of her faults: she has strength enough.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1850 and 13 Dec 1850

Country:

Italy

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Florence

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 Browning

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:

Italy

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Elizabeth Gaskell

Title:

Mary Barton

Genre:

Fiction, Politics

Form of Text:

Print: Unknown

Publication Details

1848

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

19629

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Philip Kelley, Scott Lewis, Edward Hagan

Title:

The Brownings' Correspondence

Place of Publication:

Winfield

Date of Publication:

2007

Vol:

16

Page:

246

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Philip Kelley, Scott Lewis, Edward Hagan (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 2007), 16, p. 246, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=19629, accessed: 26 February 2024


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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