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Record 19531

Reading Experience:

Elizabeth Barrett to Robert Browning, letter postmarked 20 December 1845: 'Mrs. Sigourney has just sent me, .. just this morning .. her "Scenes in my native land" -- &, peeping between the uncut leaves, I read of the poet Hillhouse, of "sublime spirit & Miltonic energy," standing in "the temple of Fame" as if it were built on purpose for him! -- I supppose he is like most of the American poets .. who are shadows of the true .. as flat as a shadow, as colourless as a shadow, as lifeless & as transitory.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 18 Dec 1845 and 20 Dec 1845
Country: England
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: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: 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: Lydia Sigourney
Title: Scenes in my Native Land
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Poetry, Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: London and Boston, 1845
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 19531  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1993
  Vol: 11
  Page: 251
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1993), 11, p. 251,, accessed: 29 March 2023

Additional comments:

Sigourney's comments on James Abraham Hillhouse appear at p.262 in text, in essay entitled "Moonlight at Sachem's Wood, New Haven, Connecticut' (see p.253 n.5 in source).



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