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Record 19176

Reading Experience:

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 26 February 1845: 'Tell me, was Soulie's "Confession Generale" never finished? Did it stop short for ever at the second volume with you as with me? Because it is interesting -- and I am suspended in the air in the case of an interesting book that wont end: it[']s a cruel punishment which Dante should have put into Hell, instead of this side the gate of it .. "that day they read no more." Perhaps he meant to hint it so -- & that the thought of the unfinished book tormented the damned lovers as one of the forms of their damnation.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1845 and 26 Feb 1845
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:Elizabeth Barrett
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 06 Mar 1806
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Evangelical
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: unknown
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Frederic Soulie
Title: Confession generale, vols 1 and 2
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 19176  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1992
  Vol: 10
  Page: 93
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1992), 10, p. 93,, accessed: 31 March 2023

Additional comments:

Barrett alludes to Dante, Inferno V, 138; later in same letter, she writes, regarding text by Soulie, 'they send me, from two separate libraries, only two volumes -- the two first. Was that work ever finished -- or never?' (p.95).



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