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Record 19435

Reading Experience:

Elizabeth Barrett to John Kenyon, 3 January 1845: 'I send back your "Vestiges of Creation". The writer has a certain power in tying a knot -- -- (in mating a system) -- but it is not a love-knot, & it appears to me that I have read in my life few more melancholy books -- Did the thought ever strike you of [italics]Mr. [Andrew] Crosse having anything to do with the writing[end italics]? I understand that Sir Richard Vivian [sic] denies it determinedly -- & his brother, who visits here, does it for him besides, by all manner of oaths.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Dec 1844 and 3 Jan 1845
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
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 Barrett
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 6 Mar 1806
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Evangelical
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: Robert Chambers
Title: Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation
Genre: Natural history
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Published anonymously, 1844
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 19435  
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: 5
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1992), 10, p. 5,, accessed: 20 May 2024

Additional comments:

See p.5 ns 2, 3, and 4 for background on contemporary debates over authorship of text, which not revealed until 1884. Barrett alludes to Richard Rawlinson Vyvyan (1800-1879), scientific writer and politician, and his brother Edward Walter Vyvyan (1808-1901); see p.5 n.4 in source.



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