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Record 17670

Reading Experience:

'I tried to read Tennyson?s Ode on the Dook of Wellington (which is the finest lyrical poem in the language in case you don?t know) aloud this morning, and I had a hand at my throat tightening steadily as I read, until I could articulate no more and had to throw the book away. That is one of the experiences in life worth having; so were the Elgin Marbles.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 20 Oct 1874
Country: Scotland
Time: morning
Place: city: Edinburgh
specific address: 17 Heriot Row
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:Robert Louis Stevenson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Aspiring writer and intermittent law student
Religion: Church of Scotland (wavering)
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Title: Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington.
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: The Ode was first published in 1852, the year of the Duke's death.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17670  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford A. Booth
  Title: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 2
  Page: 65
  Additional comments: Letter 324, To Bob Stevenson, [20 October 1874]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The date in square brackets has been added by the editors

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 65,, accessed: 25 June 2022

Additional comments:

The Duke of Wellington died 14 Sept 1852. Tennyson not yet not yet Lord T. at the time of Letter 325; he finally accepted a peerage in 1883 and took his seat in the House of Lords on 11 March 1884.



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