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Record 19513

Reading Experience:

Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett, letter postmarked 14 June 1845: 'When I ask my wise self what I really do remember of that Prize-poem -- the answer is -- both of Chapman's lines a-top, quite worth any prize for the quoter -- then, the good epithet of "green Europe" contrasting with Africa -- then, deep in the piece, a picture of a vestal in a vault [...] I read the poem many years ago, and never since -- tho' I have an impression that the versification is good.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
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:Robert Browning
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Date of Birth 7 May 1812
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: unknown
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: Alfred Tennyson
Title: Timbuctoo
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Pamphlet
Publication details: Probably as published in Prolusiones Academicae (Cambridge, 1829)
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 19513  
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: 264
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1992), 10, p. 264,, accessed: 01 July 2022

Additional comments:

Tennyson won Chancellor's Gold Medal for 'Timbuctoo' whilst a student at Cambridge, in 1829. Browning took a copy of Prolusiones Academicae, a pamphlet containing Cambridge University prize poems for 1829, on visit to Barrett on 11 June 1845; see p.261 n.2 in source. Source eds. also note that lines used as Tennyson's epigraph have never been identified in any work by George Chapman; see p.265 n.2 in source, and The Poems of Tennyson (1969), ed. Christopher Ricks, p.171n.



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