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Record 19186

Reading Experience:

'The Professor is curious as indicating strong character & rare faculties on the part of the author; but not interesting as a story. And yet there are parts one would not lose - a lovely female character - & glimpses of home & family life in the latter portion of the tale. - But oh! I wish Mr Nicholls wd have altered more!'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Aug 1856 and 2 Oct 1856
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Manchester
specific address: 84 Plymouth Grove
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 Cleghorn Gaskell
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 29 Sep 1810
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer and clergyman's wife
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Charlotte Bronte
Title: Professor, The
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text:
Publication details: published June 1857 - this might have been either an altered MS or proofs
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 19186  
Source - Print  
  Author: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  Editor: J.A.V. Chapple
  Title: Letters of Mrs Gaskell, The
  Place of Publication: Manchester
  Date of Publication: 1997
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 417
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, J.A.V. Chapple (ed.), Letters of Mrs Gaskell, The (Manchester, 1997), p. 417,, accessed: 31 January 2023

Additional comments:

Additional editor Arthur Pollard. Letter from Elizabeth Gaskell to George Smith. Mr Nicholls, Bronte's widower, had been editing the book for publication.



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