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Record 1312

Reading Experience:

'[Muir's] account of his reading material as a young man in Glasgow points to an involvement with poems of the Romantic and post-Romantic periods which were concerned both with visionary experience and with the need to transcend human suffering. He tells us: I was enchanted by The Solitary Reaper, the Ode to a Nightingale, the Ode to the West Wind, The Lotus Eaters, and the chorus from Atalanta in Calydon'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1912 and 1919
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Glasgow
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:Edwin Muir
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender n/a
Date of Birth 1887
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: worked in various offices including bone factory, later poet and critic
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Algernon Charles Swinburne
Title: 'Atalanta in Calydon'
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1312  
Source - Print  
  Author: Margery McCulloch
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Edwin Muir: Poet, Critic and Novelist
  Place of Publication: Edinburgh
  Date of Publication: 1993
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 5
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Margery McCulloch, Edwin Muir: Poet, Critic and Novelist (Edinburgh, 1993), p. 5,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:

See Edwin Muir, 'An Autobiography' (1954) p.99



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