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Record Number: 21097


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Passages transcribed into E. M. Forster's Commonplace Book (1938-40) include three quotations from the Dunciad (addresses to and by the personification of 'Dulness', beginning in I.12, I.311, II.34, and II.83). These accompanied by comments opening: 'How undull! and how gay are Pope's ordures besides Swift's,' and continuing: 'Bk II [...] is grand and frolicsome, and belongs to that happy moment when aristocracy catches hold of ordinary experiences and common life, and plunges, retaining its own proper form.'

Century:

1800-1849, 1900-1945

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1938 and 31 Dec 1940

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:

Edward Morgan Forster

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1 Jan 1879

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

n/a

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Alexander Pope

Title:

The Dunciad (books I and II)

Genre:

Essays / Criticism, Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Source ed. notes that Forster owned a 6-volume editon of Pope's works published in 1764

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

21097

Source:

Print

Author:

E. M. Forster

Editor:

Philip Gardner

Title:

Commonplace Book

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1985

Vol:

n/a

Page:

116-117

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

E. M. Forster, Philip Gardner (ed.), Commonplace Book (London, 1985), p. 116-117, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=21097, accessed: 31 January 2023


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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