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Record 17940

Reading Experience:

'I am now off to bed after reading a chapter of S. Thomas ? Kempis. I think half-an-hour's warping of the inner man daily is greatly conducive to holiness.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 26 Jul 1876
Country: England
Time: morning
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: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: Thomas ? Kempis
Title: The Imitation of Christ
Genre: Other religious, Philosophy, Theology
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17940  
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: 26
  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. 26,, accessed: 04 December 2023

Additional comments:

We only have Wilde's word for it that he read a chapter of Thomas ? Kempis for half-an-hour each night before bed. Even so, I have (wisely or otherwise) taken him at his word.



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