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Record 16312

Reading Experience:

Henrietta Moulton-Barrett, to Elizabeth Barrett, c.4 October 1830: 'For the last three hours [Arabella, reader's sister] has done nothing but talk in the most nonsensical manner & laughing loud enough for anyone to hear her all over the house -- All this time I have been as studious as usual reading Napoleon's life but Alas! I found other obstacles there for when Arabel was quiet for an instant my eyes would close & in spite of the noise I have had two or three dreams in the last half hour'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 4 Oct 1830
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Herefordshire
specific address: Hope End
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:Henrietta Moulton-Barrett
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth Mar 1809
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)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: unknown
Title: Life of Napoleon
Genre: History, Biography, Politics
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 16312  
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: 264
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1984), 2, p. 264,, accessed: 28 February 2024

Additional comments:

Source eds suggest text read may have been William Hazlitt, Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (4 vols, 1828-30) (see p.265 n.2).



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