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Record 14045

Reading Experience:

Mrs Hugh Fraser, wife of the British diplomat Hugh Fraser, recalls acquaintances made whilst en poste with him in China (1874-78): 'Outside of his work Sir Robert Hart, on principle, provided for his mind the very lightest literature, amusing French novels being his favourite reading. He told me that he found in these trifles the only complete relaxation from business worries; he could read them through without a single effort of thought and forget all about them directly afterwards.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 31 Aug 1874 and 31 May 1878
Country: China
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:Sir Robert Hart
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Head of Imperial Customs Service, China
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: China
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: unknown
Title: [Light French novels]
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 14045  
Source - Print  
  Author: Mrs Hugh Fraser
  Editor: n/a
  Title: A Diplomatist's Wife in Many Lands
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1910
  Vol: 2
  Page: 172-73
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Mrs Hugh Fraser, A Diplomatist's Wife in Many Lands (London, 1910), 2, p. 172-73,, accessed: 28 February 2024

Additional comments:

Not clear whether texts read in translation or in original.



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