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Record Number: 8029


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I have likewise read one of Miss Austen's works "Emma" - read it with interest and with just the degree of admiration which Miss Austen herself would have thought sensible and suitable - anything like warmth or enthusiasm; anything energetic, poignant, heartfelt, is utterly out of place in commending these works: all demonstration the authoress would have met with a well-bred sneer, would have calmly scorned as outre and extravagant... she ruffles her reader by nothing vehement, disturbs him by nothing profound: the Passions are perfectly unknown to her; she rejects even a speaking acquaintance with that stormy Sisterhood...'

Century:

1800-1849, 1850-1899

Date:

Between 12 Jan 1848 and 12 Apr 1850

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:

Charlotte Bronte

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

21 Apr 1816

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Novelist

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:

Jane Austen

Title:

Emma

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

8029

Source:

Print

Author:

Charlotte Bronte

Editor:

T.J. Wise

Title:

The Brontes: Their Friendships, Lives, and Correspondence

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1932

Vol:

3

Page:

99

Additional Comments:

second editor, J.A. Symington. Letter from Charlotte Bronte to W.S. Williams, 12 Apr 1850

Citation:

Charlotte Bronte, T.J. Wise (ed.), The Brontes: Their Friendships, Lives, and Correspondence (Oxford, 1932), 3, p. 99, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=8029, accessed: 01 December 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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