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Record 19206

Reading Experience:

'I don't like American biographies. Dr Kane's life is [italics] murdered [end italics], - and why do you give us all those speeches & obsequy things at the end? it is very ungrateful of me to say this, for Mr Elder sent it me. Next - who is Mr Parton who writes biographies on your side of the water? Barnom, & Aaron Burr - the first I literally [italics] could not [end italics] read, just for the want of any moral feeling at all in it, - the last I have just read, because I wanted to get some knowledge of American society in the last centy & beginning of this, - and to know who Aaron Burr was? There is just the same, or worse, want of any idea of simply [sic] right or wrong, - but I don't come out clear as to what [italics] could [end italics] have been Aaron B's [italics] real [end italics] character'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 14 May 1858
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: James Parton
Title: [Life of Barnum]
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 19206  
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: 506-7
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, J.A.V. Chapple (ed.), Letters of Mrs Gaskell, The (Manchester, 1997), p. 506-7,, accessed: 04 December 2023

Additional comments:

Additional editor Arthur Pollard. Letter from Elizabeth Gaskell to Charles Eliot Norton. Title of text uncertain.



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