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Record Number: 26639


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

From the Commonplace book of Mrs Austen of Ensbury: Transcription of 'Ode to the Poppy, By the Honble Mrs O’Neil', beginning 'Not for the promise of the cultured field/ Not for the good the yellow harvests yield…’

Century:

1800-1849, 1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1814 and 18 Apr 1884

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:

Catherine Austen

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

1794

Socio-Economic Group:

Clergy (includes all denominations)

Occupation:

wife of clergyman

Religion:

Anglican

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:

Mrs O’Neil

Title:

Ode to the Poppy

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

26639

Source:

Manuscript

Author:

Mrs [Catherine] Austen

Title:

Commonplace book

Location:

Private collection

Call No:

n/a

Page/Folio:

16-18

Citation:

Mrs [Catherine] Austen, Commonplace book Private collection, p. n/a, p. 16-18, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=26639, accessed: 20 January 2022


Additional Comments:

Mrs Austen's exact birthdate is not known. From her gravestone: 'Died April 18th 1884 in her 90th year'. This suggests she was born in 1794. The commonplace book contains references to events in 1816 and 1835, and several poems that refer to the Battle of Waterloo (1815). Since the hand is that of an adult, and the references to Waterloo appear early in the volume, but not at the very start, we have dated the reading experiences between 1814 and 1884, although this dating is tentative and it is likely that the reading experiences happened within a much narrower timeframe. For further information and permission to quote this source, contact the Reading Experience Database (http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/contacts.php).

   
   
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