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Record 18010

Reading Experience:

'He discussed books with me and gave me my first volume of poetry, Selected Poems of Matthew Arnold, marking his favourites.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: unknown
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:Oscar Wilde
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 16 Oct 1854
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: Ireland
Country of experience: unknown
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Matthew Arnold
Title: Selected Poems of Matthew Arnold
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18010  
Source - Print  
  Author: Nellie Sickert
  Editor: n/a
  Title: I Have Been Young
  Place of Publication: n/a
  Date of Publication: 1935
  Vol: n/a
  Page: n/a
  Additional comments: Quoted in The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, eds. Merlin Holland and Rupert Hart-Davis (NY: Henry Holt & Co., 2000), p.83 (n.1)

Citation: Nellie Sickert, I Have Been Young (1935),, accessed: 31 January 2023

Additional comments:

The edition and date of the reading experience is unknown, though Holland and Hart-Davis note that the inscription on the volume indicates that Sickert received the book as a gift from Oscar Wilde in 1879, indicating that the experience took place before then.



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