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Record 13972

Reading Experience:

'I am anxious for the day when your English will be good enough for you to enjoy Meredith, Hardy, Locke and other great authors. The works of Meredith and Hardy are quite on another plane to what you have read so far. I shall never forget my first Meredith. It was "Richard Feverel". It was quite a revelation to me as to what a book might be. Every other Meredith I have supremely enjoyed. As far as I can remember I have read "Evan Harrington", "Vittoria", "Rhoda Fleming", "Harry Richmans","The Egoist", "Diana of the Crossways". I do not know which I like the best, I found every one absolutely finer that any other books. His style is exceedingly difficult, in fact it is bad because it is obscure, but do not doubt his greatness. He is great, very great, in spite of his style. He is not a novelist for the general public. You have to be a man of letters, even although only in embryo, to enjoy him. I think I have nearly all his works but I must some day get his biography of Professor Seccombe. I like Seccombe's style so much. you will meet articles of his in the "Bookman."'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 16 Dec 1884 and 10 Dec 1917
Country: France
Time: n/a
Place: city: Paris
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 Vanson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 16 Dec 1884
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: lawyer
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: Born in Paris, British national
Country of experience: France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: George Meredith
Title: Rhoda Fleming
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 13972  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Arthur Vanson
  Title: MS Diary 1917
  Location: private collection
  Call no: MS Diary 1917
  Page/folio: n/a

Citation: Arthur Vanson, MS Diary 1917 private collection, p. MS Diary 1917, p. n/a,, accessed: 28 May 2024

Additional comments:

This material Copyright Andrew Neill Vanson Moore, and Shirley Frances Gould-Smith.



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