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Record Number: 24318


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'[Letter from Mrs Ward to the Society of Authors when that body recommended Herbert Spencer not George Meredith for the Nobel Prize] If Mr Meredith had written nothing but the love scenes in "Richard Feverel"; "The Egoist"; and certain passages of description in "Vittoria" and "Beauchamp's Career", he would still stand at the head of English "dichtung" [the quality Mrs Ward thought the prize should reward] There is no critic now who can be ranged with him in position, and no poet. As a man of letters he is easily first; to compare Mr Spencer's power of clear statement with the play of imaginative genius in Meredith would be absurd - in the literary field'.

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

Until: 19 Jan 1902

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:

Mary Augusta Ward

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

11 Jun 1851

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:

Herbert Spencer

Title:

n/a

Genre:

Social Science, Politics, Philosophy

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

24318

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:

180-1

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Janet Penrose Trevelyan, The Life of Mrs Humphry Ward (London, 1923), p. 180-1, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=24318, accessed: 18 April 2024


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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