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Record 12146

Reading Experience:

'Coming upon a copy of "Don Quixote" in a warder's house, he thought it was "the most wonderful book [he] had ever seen". When he refused to give it up, the warder said he might keep it... "Don Quixote" awakened in Arthur a "passion for reading", and before long, he had read Scott, then Byron, who, he had been told was" a very, very great poet, and a very, very wicked man, an atheist, a writer whom it was dangerous to read".'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
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:Arthur Symons
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 28 Feb 1865
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: Wesleyan preacher's son, later poet
Religion: Wesleyan, later none
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: George Gordon Lord Byron
Title: unknown
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 12146  
Source - Print  
  Author: Karl Beckson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Arthur Symons: A Life
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1987
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 7-8
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Karl Beckson, Arthur Symons: A Life (Oxford, 1987), p. 7-8,, accessed: 13 July 2024

Additional comments:

Quotations from Symons' "Collected Works", Volume 10



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