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Record 11354

Reading Experience:

'I wasted a great deal of time in wrong reading from eleven to fourteen, always hoping for the enjoyment which rarely came, but going on with surprising persistence. A sense of overpowering gloom is connected in my mind with Hugo's "Notre Dame de Paris", which I read in English, and an impression of a livid brightness with "The Scarlet Letter"; but that is all. Of Carlyle's "French Revolution" all that remains is a sentence like a radiant hillside caught through a rift in a black cloud: the passage where he describes the high-shouldered ladies dancing with the gentlemen of the French Court on a bright summer evening, while outside the yellow cornfields stretched from end to end of France'
Century: 1850-1899, 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1898 and 31 Dec 1901
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Garth
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:Edwin Muir
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 15 May 1887
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: farmer's son, later poet
Religion: Protestant
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Title: The Scarlet Letter
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 11354  
Source - Print  
  Author: Edwin Muir
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The story and the fable: An autobiography
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1940
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 90-91
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Edwin Muir, The story and the fable: An autobiography (London, 1940), p. 90-91,, accessed: 16 June 2024

Additional comments:



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