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Record 17603

Reading Experience:

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 28 December 1844: 'I have just finished the "Chouans." Of a certain power, without any doubt, but very heavy in many parts, & exceedingly painful in all [goes on to comment further on this text] [...] nobody in the world could read it a second time [...] 'Also I am reading David Sechard [...] Balzac has bewitched me [...] His wonderful greatness in making the ideality, real, -- & the reality, ideal, I take to be unequalled among writers. The first volume I have not finished yet [goes on to comment further on text] [...] I delight in the book, as far as I have read! -- It is worth twenty "Chouans" to my particular taste at least.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 24 Dec 1844 and 28 Dec 1844
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 dernier Chouan
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1829
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17603  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1991
  Vol: 9
  Page: 293
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1991), 9, p. 293,, accessed: 19 June 2024

Additional comments:

Barrett writes of being about to begin reading text in letter to Mitford of 24 December 1844; see p.293 in source.



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