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Record 16875

Reading Experience:

'I collected my thoughts. My ideas about prison came from American films, and I envisaged cells of which one side would be made of iron bars, all giving on to a landing, like a zoo [...] I tried to read the book I had brought with me, a pocket edition of Lytton Strachey's "Elizabeth and Essex". It was not an ideal choice but I had snatched it up as I left my room.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1940 and 31 Dec 1940
Country: England
Time: afternoon
Place: city: London
specific address: Royal Holloway Women's Prison
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:Diana Mosley
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 17 Jun 1910
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: Prominent Fascist and society beauty
Religion: Church of England
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: Lytton Strachey
Title: Elizabeth and Essex
Genre: Fiction, History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 16875  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jenny Hartley
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Hearts Undefeated: Women's Writing of the Second World War
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1999
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 153
  Additional comments: From Diana Mosley, "A Life of Contrasts" (1977)

Citation: Jenny Hartley, Hearts Undefeated: Women's Writing of the Second World War (London, 1999), p. 153,, accessed: 28 September 2023

Additional comments:



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