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Record 16233

Reading Experience:

Elizabeth Barrett to Hugh Stuart Boyd, Monday 28 December 1829, thanking him for his epitaph on a cat, and following critical appraisal of it: 'You told me never to read anything of yours to anybody, because I read so badly. Notwithstanding this, I did transgress on Saturday by reading your [italics]feline[end italics] epitaph to Bro, because I thought it sounded better when read in [italics]our[end italics] way, than Carthusianly, as he would have read it. And as I read really very slowly (for [italics]me[end italics]!) & distinctly [...] you need not bewail yourself nor be severe upon me.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 26 Dec 1829
Country: England
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:Elizabeth Barrett
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 6 Mar 1806
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Evangelical
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Edward Moulton-Barrett (reader's brother).
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Hugh Stuart Boyd
Title: Greek epitaph 'On the death of a favourite Tom Cat'
Genre: Classics, Poetry
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 16233  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1984
  Vol: 2
  Page: 227
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1984), 2, p. 227,, accessed: 03 December 2023

Additional comments:



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