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Record 16854

Reading Experience:

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 1-6 January 1842: 'Did you see Mr Hunter's treatise upon the Tempest? Mr Kenyon "caused it to pass before my face" & I did not complain of the briefness of the vision [...] I have been reading too by the same grace .. of dear Mr Kenyon .. Mr Alford's Chapters on the Greek poets. I dont like them at all. Such criticism, on the surface & of long familiarity with the common eye, the sense of the world has outgrown. It wd have done for those days when poetry was considered a pretty play like skittles, but is not suitable to this [italics]now[end italics], when its popularity as a toy is passed, & its depth & holiness as a science more surely tho' partially regarded.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Dec 1841 and 6 Jan 1842
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
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)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Henry Alford
Title: Chapters on the Poets of Ancient Greece
Genre: Classics, Essays / Criticism, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1841
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 16854  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1987
  Vol: 5
  Page: 199-200; 200
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1987), 5, p. 199-200; 200,, accessed: 06 February 2023

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