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Record 17255

Reading Experience:

Harriet Martineau to Elizabeth Barrett, 16 October 1843: 'Lady M. Lambton discharged her commission punctually, bringing me your precious volume before 1st of Sepr. Then I wished to read & study it before writing; & then came such a succession of visitors [...] that I have had to [...] put off all letters to a quieter time [...] here is a quiet morning, & I use its strength to thank you. 'I find noble & beautiful thoughts & lines in the Seraphim, & shall ever be glad that I have seen it. But I own to you that I turn with a stronger desire & pleasure to the minor poems, some of which really transport me [...] It is because some of the minor poems are riper, more complete & self-contained, & therefore simpler in expression [...] that I prefer them.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Aug 1843 and 16 Oct 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:Harriet Martineau
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1802
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Unitarian
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: Elizabeth Barrett
Title: The Seraphim
Genre: Other religious, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17255  
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: 371
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1989), 7, p. 371,, accessed: 02 February 2023

Additional comments:



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