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Record 19254

Reading Experience:

'You never no, [italics] never [end italics] - sent a more acceptable present than Cousin Stella & The Fool of Quality, - and that irrespective of their several merits. But books are books here [they are in rural Dumfriesshire and feel cut off from the world] I am sorry to say Meta lies at this present moment fast asleep with Cousin Stella in her hand; but that is the effect of bathing and an eight mile walk; not of the book itself. I know & like the Fool of Quality of old. I was brought up by old uncles & aunts, who had all old books, and very few new ones; and I used to delight in the Fool of Quality, & have hardly read it since.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 29 Sep 1810 and 29 Jun 1859
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: other location: as a child in Knutsford, as an adult in Auchencairn
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 Unknown
Gender Female
Date of Birth 29 Sep 1810
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: later 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: Elizabeth Stevenson at time of first reading


Text Being Read:

Author: Henry Brooke
Title: Fool of Quality, The
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: new edition published by Smith and Elder
Provenance: owned
sent by George Smith


Source Information:

Record ID: 19254  
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: 562
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, J.A.V. Chapple (ed.), Letters of Mrs Gaskell, The (Manchester, 1997), p. 562,, accessed: 01 February 2023

Additional comments:

Additional editor Arthur Pollard. Letter to George Smith.



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