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Record 17938

Reading Experience:

'I came up from Lincolnshire to town on Monday and went down that night to Magdalen to read my Catullus, but while lying in bed on Tuesday morning with Swinburne (a copy of) was woke up by the Clerk of the Schools to know why I did not come up.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 4 Jul 1876
Country: England
Time: morning
Place: city: Oxford
county: Oxfordshire
specific address: Magdalen College
location in dwelling: Private Room
other location: In bed
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:Oscar Wilde
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 16 Oct 1854
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Student
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: Ireland
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Algernon Charles Swinburne
Title: unknown
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17938  
Source - Print  
  Author: Oscar Wilde
  Editor: Merlin Holland
  Title: The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde
  Place of Publication: New York
  Date of Publication: 2000
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 20
  Additional comments: Source is a letter from Wilde to William Ward, collected in Merlin Holland and Rupert Hart Davies, ed. The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde (New York: Henry Holt and Son, 2000)

Citation: Oscar Wilde, Merlin Holland (ed.), The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde (New York, 2000), p. 20,, accessed: 04 March 2024

Additional comments:

The exact date of the experience is not given in the source - I have reasoned that since the letter is postmarked 10th July 1876 (Monday) and that the experience is said to have taken place 'on Tuesday', the experience must have occurred on the previous Tuesday (4th July).



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