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Record 12188

Reading Experience:

'In another letter Arthur praises William Dean Howells's "A Modern Instance" as "a owerful novel - bare, blank, utterly unidealised realism, not by any means the ideal 'imaginative realism', but still, in its lower sphere, what mastery!"'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1883 and 28 Apr 1883
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 Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 28 Feb 1865
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: 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: William Dean Howells
Title: A Modern Instance
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 12188  
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: 20
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Karl Beckson, Arthur Symons. A Life (Oxford, 1987), p. 20,, accessed: 16 June 2024

Additional comments:

Quotation taken from a 28th April letter to Osborne held at Princeton



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