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Record Number: 27167


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

John Murray to Lord Byron (December 1815): 'I tore open the packet you sent me, and have found in it a Pearl. It is very interesting, pathetic, beautiful -- do you know, I would almost say moral [...] I have been most agreeably disappointed (a word I cannot associate with the poem) at the story, which -- what you hinted to me and wrote -- had alarmed me; and I should not have read it aloud to my wife if my eye had not traced the delicate hand that transcribed it.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Nov 1815 and 31 Dec 1815

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:

John Murray

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Publisher

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

n/a

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

Mrs Murray


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

George Gordon Lord Byron

Title:

The Siege of Corinth / Parisina

Genre:

Fiction, Poetry

Form of Text:

Manuscript: Unknown, In hand of Anne Isabella, Lady Byron

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

27167

Source:

Print

Author:

Samuel Smiles

Editor:

n/a

Title:

A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1891

Vol:

1

Page:

353-354

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray (London, 1891), 1, p. 353-354, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=27167, accessed: 20 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Not clear which of two texts sent was one referred to as read out loud. Source ed. relates of texts: 'They had been copied in the legible hand of Lady Byron' (p.353).

   
   
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