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Record 18847

Reading Experience:

'In the early thirties she had read a lot of French, starting with Stendhal: and a chunk of his "De l'amour", in the French, found its way into "To the North". In 1932 she was reading for the first time Flaubert's "L'education sentimentale", and told Lady Ottoline: "What perfect writing, and what a clear powerful mind, and what a perfect picture of an enchantment he can produce. And what compass he has: this picture of colour and movement compared with the sad immobility of poor Bovary." A few months later she began translating it'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1930 and 31 Dec 1935
Country: Ireland or England
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:Elizabeth Bowen
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 7 Jun 1899
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: Anglican
Country of origin: Ireland
Country of experience: Ireland or England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Stendhal [pseud.]
Title: De l'amour
Genre: Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: in French
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18847  
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: 117
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Victoria Glendinning, Elizabeth Bowen: Portrait of a Writer (London, 1977), p. 117,, accessed: 31 March 2023

Additional comments:



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