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Record 17085

Reading Experience:

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 17 December 1842: 'I sent Pere Goriot [...] because it is my belief that I never mentioned to you the name of Balzac, & that he [italics]is[end italics], nevertheless, the most powerful writer of the French day next to Victor Hugo & George Sand! [...] Pere Goriot is a very painful book -- but full of moody power, dashed with blood & mud. It appears to me the most powerful work of its writer, I have read -- & also the most open to tenderness.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1841 and 17 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: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: Honore de Balzac
Title: Le Pere Goriot
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17085  
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: 228
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1988), 6, p. 228,, accessed: 09 December 2023

Additional comments:



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