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Record 15992

Reading Experience:

Mary Moulton-Barrett to her daughter Elizabeth Barrett, on receiving advance copies of the latter's first published volume of poetry the previous evening, 28 February 1826: 'Arabel, who had read the fugitive pieces and some of the Essay to the listening circle [in drawing room], told me she thought the former beautiful, but that she did not understand a word of the former [sic] [...] & Henry who was indulging in turning "[italics]clean[end italics]" over head & heels, after his intellectual treat, declared he thought "every word of it, was very nice indeed."'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 27 Feb 1826
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: county: Herefordshire
specific address: Hope End
location in dwelling: drawing room
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:Arabella Moulton-Barrett
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 4 Jul 1813
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: child
Religion: Evangelical
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Family members including Henry Moulton-Barrett (b.1818)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Elizabeth Barrett
Title: An Essay on Mind
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: In Barrett's An Essay on Mind with Other Poems (advance copy, 1826)
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 15992  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1984
  Vol: 1
  Page: 235-236
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1984), 1, p. 235-236,, accessed: 08 June 2023

Additional comments:

Source editors note that Mary Moulton-Barrett used word 'former' twice by mistake, the first being 'the one probably intended as such, because at that spot she first wrote "latter," then crossed it out' (see p.238 n.4).



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