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Record 13025

Reading Experience:

'With regard to your article, though admiring of the ingenuity of it, I yearned to tear the argument to rags. There is scarcely a single statement in that article to which I do not take violent exception. . . . Webster was intensely pleased with it, dreamed of it I believe, & only his modesty stopped him from addressing you thereon a note of congratulation. Marriott read it with awe; possibly it opened his eye to the strange fact that other arts than painting have their absorbing mysteries of technique.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 27 Nov 1897 and 8 Dec 1897
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
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/editor/reviewer
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: A Note on Fiction
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: 'Academy', 27 November, 1897
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 13025  
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: 93
  Additional comments: Letter from AB to George Sturt, dated 8 Decr 97, 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. 93,, accessed: 31 March 2023

Additional comments:

editor's note: Sturt's article 'argues that there is little point in novelists seeking new subjects in the business or labouring worlds, etc., for the essential interest in any novel must be the human being.'



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