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Record 16436

Reading Experience:

Elizabeth Barrrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 12 October 1837: 'The village [i.e. (apparently) Mitford's] reminds me of the Vicar of Wrexhill -- at least of the extracts I have seen from it! -- What a lamentable book -- & to be written by a woman -- who from the weakness & softness of her nature should so feel the need & the beauty of that strength & surpassing tenderness found in the religion of Jesus Christ, & only there! -- It is very ill to hold up to scorn the most unsecular portion of the Church of England -- but to do so by misrepresen[ta]tion & perversion is most ill! [goes on to complain further regarding representation of religious characters, and quotation from Scripture, in text]'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 23 Sep 1837 and 12 Oct 1837
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: n/a
Religion: n/a
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: Frances Trollope
Title: The Vicar of Wrexhill (extracts)
Genre: Other religious, Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 16436  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1985
  Vol: 3
  Page: 288
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1985), 3, p. 288,, accessed: 19 June 2024

Additional comments:

Source eds note that the Athenaeum for 23 September 1837 (no. 517, pp.707-708) reviewed this text, including extracts, and referring to Trollope as 'a clever woman ... though she seems, by choice, to delight in subjects which are painful and repulsive' (see p.289 n.9).



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