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Record 10310

Reading Experience:

'As regards books, such a lot depends on what sort of life you are leading. I always relish Ingram's terse epigrammatic style, but more especially when I am actively busy in mind and body - as during a company course. At such times I have no use for Westcott and his Euclid-like problems and theorems and theses and antitheses. At the present moment, however, my brain is in tune with Westcott. I have a fair amount of spare time, my work is not much brain-work, and I feel I need an exercise of the reason such as I find his books give. I am reading his "Introduction to the Study of the Gospels" at present, and I like it better than any other book of his I have read. He has such a splendidly broad view of everything, and while he observes the minutest details of his subject, he never seems to lose his sense of the whole. That is what is so rare among religionists. They either seem to concentrate all their powers on one little details, or else get such a very general view that, not understanding the composition, they do not understand the full importance or significance of their subject.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 20 Nov 1904 and 3 Feb 1906
Country: Mauritius
Time: n/a
Place: city: Curepipe
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:Donald William Alers Hankey
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth Dec 1884
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Army Subaltern
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Mauritius
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Brooke Foss Westcott
Title: Introduction to the Study of the Gospels
Genre: Other religious
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 10310  
Source - Print  
  Author: Donald William Alers Hankey
  Editor: Edward Miller
  Title: Letters of Donald Hankey "A Student in Arms"
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1920
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 26-27
  Additional comments: Letter dated 3 February 1906.

Citation: Donald William Alers Hankey, Edward Miller (ed.), Letters of Donald Hankey "A Student in Arms" (London, 1920), p. 26-27,, accessed: 29 March 2023

Additional comments:



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