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Record 17082

Reading Experience:

Robert Browning to Alfred Domett, 13 December 1842: 'The only novelty we have had in books as yet, has been Macaulay's Lays of Rome -- a kind of revenge on that literature which so long plagued ours with Muses, and Apollo, and Luna and all that, -- by taking the stalest subjects in it, and as plentifully bestowing on them the commonplaces of our indigenous ballad-verse -- "Then out spake brave Sir Cocles" -- "Go, hark ye, stout Sir Consul" -- and a deal more: I have only seen extracts, but they gave me this notion.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Dec 1842 and 13 Dec 1842
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:Robert Browning
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 7 May 1812
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: unknown
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: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Title: Lays of Ancient Rome (extracts)
Genre: Classics, History, Poetry, Politics
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: [?] Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, December 1842, in which extracts appeared.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17082  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1988
  Vol: 6
  Page: 221
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1988), 6, p. 221,, accessed: 04 June 2023

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