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Record 12547

Reading Experience:

'What pleasure hast thou given me during the last few days! First your letter then your essay "Fruit Blossom Time" & then your nameless novel. ...I am in a fever to finish the novel. Ken made me turn it up when I was at part ten. I shall, Sturto volente, animadvert at length upon it at a future date, Now, I will only say that I like it very much. Its calm, unabashed realism charms me. You find fault with Maupassant for his wealth of irrelevant ... detail. Frankly, I think you would do well to follow him some way in this. I don't think all his detail is irrelevant. . . . No, I believe in detail.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Apr 1894 and 24 Apr 1894
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: 6 Victoria Grove
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:Arnold Bennett
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 27 May 1867
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: Christian
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 Sturt
Title: [unnamed novel]
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Manuscript: Letter, Sheet
Publication details: editor's note: 'the novel seems never to have been completed'.
Provenance: borrowed (other)
sent to Bennett by author


Source Information:

Record ID: 12547  
Source - Print  
  Author: Arnold Bennett
  Editor: James Hepburn
  Title: Letters of Arnold Bennett Vol.II 1889-1915
  Place of Publication: London: Oxford University Press
  Date of Publication: 1968
  Vol: II
  Page: 8-9
  Additional comments: Letter to George Sturt dated 24 April [18]94 from 6 Victoria Grove

Citation: Arnold Bennett, James Hepburn (ed.), Letters of Arnold Bennett Vol.II 1889-1915 (London: Oxford University Press, 1968), II, p. 8-9,, accessed: 31 March 2023

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