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Record Number: 24043


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'[from Mary Arnold, later Ward's diary] "Read Uncle Matt's [Matthew Arnold's] Essay on Pagan and Medieval Religious Sentiment. Compares the religious feeling of Pompei and Theocritus with the religious feeling of St Francis and the German Reformation. Contrasts the religion of sorrow as he is pleased to call Christianity with the religion of sense, giving to the former for the sake of propriety a slight pre-eminence over the latter". She does not like the famous "Preface" at all. "The 'Preface' is rich and has the fault which the author professes to avoid, that of being amusing. as for the seductiveness of Oxford, its moonlight charms and Romeo and Juliet character, I think Uncle Matt is slightly inclined to ride the high horse whenever he approaches the subject".'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Dec 1865 and 6 Jan 1866

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Oxford

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:

Mary Arnold

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

11 Jun 1851

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

later writer

Religion:

Anglican

Country of Origin:

born in Australia of English parents

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

later Mrs Ward



Text Being Read:

Author:

Matthew Arnold

Title:

Essays in Criticism

Genre:

Essays / Criticism

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

24043

Source:

Print

Author:

Janet Penrose Trevelyan

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Life of Mrs Humphry Ward

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1923

Vol:

n/a

Page:

15

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Janet Penrose Trevelyan, The Life of Mrs Humphry Ward (London, 1923), p. 15, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=24043, accessed: 19 January 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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