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Record 12850

Reading Experience:

Taking a book of Browning's poems from his pocket he showed Louis a verse which he said he could not understand...bending forward, his hands clasped, he gazed expectant, while Louis read over the poem. Alas, for the hero worshipper! This is what the Master said: 'I'm damned if I know what it means. It reads like cat's meat to me.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1890 and 31 Dec 1890
Country: Australia
Time: n/a
Place: city: Sydney, Australia
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:Robert Louis Stevenson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Church of Scotland
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Australia
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Robert Browning
Title: n/a
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 12850  
Source - Print  
  Author: Isobel Field
  Editor: n/a
  Title: This Life I've Loved
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1937
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 243
  Additional comments: Memoir of Stevenson's step-daughter, Isobel Field (previously Strong, nee Osbourne).

Citation: Isobel Field, This Life I've Loved (London, 1937), p. 243,, accessed: 10 December 2023

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