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Record 17217

Reading Experience:

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, ?late July 1843: 'As you praise Charles O'Malley so much, I really must try to get thro' the thorns & read him. I tried only once certainly -- & then my own humour might have been partly in fault. My conclusion then was, that I cdnt read him [...] His noise made my head ache, & his loud laughing made me grave [...] I tried the Log & cdnt quite get thro' it. I shrink too from these maritime books now, for other reasons.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1829 and 31 Jul 1843
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: Michael Scott
Title: Tom Cringle's Log
Genre: Fiction, seafaring
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: First appeared in serial form in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine 1829-33; reissued in new edition in 1842.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17217  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1989
  Vol: 7
  Page: 255
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1989), 7, p. 255,, accessed: 31 March 2023

Additional comments:

Not clear in which of its published versions text read. Barrett found reading novels and poetry with maritime themes upsetting, following the death of her brother Edward at sea in July 1840.



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