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Record Number: 4370


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

George Smith, A Memoir (London, 1902): 'The MS. of "Jane Eyre" was read by Mr Wiliams ... he brought it to me on a Saturday, and said that he would like me to read it ... after breakfast on Sunday morning I took the MS. of "Jane Eyre" to my little study, and began to read it. The story quickly took me captive. Before twelve o'clock my horse came to the door, but I could not put the book down ... Presently the servant came to tell me that luncheon was ready; I asked him to being me a sandwich and a glass of wine, and still went on with "Jane Eyre" ... before I went to bed that night I had finsihed reading the manuscript.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Aug 1847 and 30 Sep 1847

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:

George Murray Smith

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

18 Mar 1824

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Publisher

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Charlotte Bronte

Title:

Jane Eyre

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Manuscript: Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

4370

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Juliet Barker

Title:

The Brontes: A Life in Letters

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1997

Vol:

n/a

Page:

165

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Juliet Barker (ed.), The Brontes: A Life in Letters (London, 1997), p. 165, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=4370, accessed: 06 December 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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