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Record 18765

Reading Experience:

'Her reading as a child was voracious, although her late start in learning to read for herself left her with a cosy taste for being read to. Her governess hads read aloud to her the story of Perseus and "Jungle Jinks" and most things in between. Once she read for herself, she had a passion for George Macdonald: his Curdie was one of her heroes. She loved Baroness Orczy's "Scarlet Pimpernel", and E. Nesbit's books. She read Dickens exhaustively as a child and, as a result, could not read him as a young adult: "There is no more oxygen left, for me, anywhere in the atmosphere of his writings".'
Century: 1850-1899, 1900-1945
Date: Between 7 Jun 1899 and 7 Jun 1915
Country: Ireland
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:

Listener:Elizabeth Bowen
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 7 Jun 1899
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: later writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Anglican
Country of experience: Ireland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [unknown]
Title: [Story of Perseus]
Genre: Classics, mythology
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18765  
Source - Print  
  Author: Victoria Glendinning
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Elizabeth Bowen: Portrait of a Writer
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1977
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 31
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Victoria Glendinning, Elizabeth Bowen: Portrait of a Writer (London, 1977), p. 31,, accessed: 28 February 2024

Additional comments:

Reader was her governess.



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