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Record Number: 22978


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

From Phillips Brooks's journal (1883), on a visit to Tennyson's home: 'After dinner, Tennyson and I went up to the study [...] and I had him to myself for two or three hours. We smoked, and he talked of metaphysics, and poetry, and religion, his own life, and Hallam, and all the poems [...] Then we went down to the drawing-room where the rest were, and he read his poetry to us till the clock said twelve -- "Locksley Hall," "Sir Galahad," pieces of "Maud" (which he specially likes to read), and some of his dialect poems. He said, by the way, in reading "Locksley Hall," that the verse beginning 'Love took up, etc 'was the best simile he ever made; and that a certain line in "The Gardener's daughter" were the ones on which he most piqued himself.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1882 and 31 Dec 1884

Country:

England

Time

n/anight

Place:

county: Isle of Wight
specific address: Farringford

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:

Alfred Tennyson

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

6 Aug 1809

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

Hallam Tennyson Emily Tennyson Phillips Brooks Mary Boyle and niece (Audrey Boyle) 'Mr Lushington'


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Alfred Tennyson

Title:

Sir Galahad

Genre:

Fiction, Poetry

Form of Text:

Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

22978

Source:

Print

Author:

Hallam Tennyson

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1897

Vol:

2

Page:

296

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Hallam Tennyson, Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son (London, 1897), 2, p. 296, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=22978, accessed: 04 December 2023


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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