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Record 17656

Reading Experience:

Dante Gabriel Rossetti to Robert Browning, 17 October 1847: 'It is now two or three months ago that I met, at the British Museum, with a Poem published in 1833, entitled "Pauline, a Fragment of a Confession," which elicited my warm admiration, and which, having failed in an attempt to procure a copy at the publisher's, I have since transcribed. It seems to me, in reading this beautiful composition, that it presents a noticeable analogy in style and feeling to your first acknowledged work, "Paracelsus": so much so indeed as to induce a suspicion that it might actually be written by yourself [goes on, very formally, to ask whether this is the case].'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jul 1847 and 17 Oct 1847
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: British Museum
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:Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 12 May 1828
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Art student
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: Robert Browning
Title: Pauline, a Fragment of a Confession
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Published anonymously in 1833
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 17656  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1998
  Vol: 14
  Page: 318
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1998), 14, p. 318,, accessed: 10 December 2023

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