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Record 19743

Reading Experience:

'Down here with my mother I feel that nothing can be so preposterous, so undignified as "love". I have been reading her ludicrous, pathetic, nauseating diary about herself and Oswald Norton. "Cleopatra had a famous wriggle last night. Julia ull-ully". The sexual act is not indecent but almost any verbal description of it is. Interspersed with all this are prayers, recriminations, schoolgirl ravings, a kind of complacent self reproach.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 18 Apr 1938
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:Antonia White
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 31 Mar 1899
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: [lapsed] Catholic
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: christened Eirene Botting


Text Being Read:

Author: Christine Botting
Title: [diary]
Genre: Autobiog / Diary
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ
read at her mother's house


Source Information:

Record ID: 19743  
Source - Print  
  Author: Antonia White
  Editor: Susan Chitty
  Title: Antonia White. Diaries 1926-1957
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1991
  Vol: I
  Page: 126
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Antonia White, Susan Chitty (ed.), Antonia White. Diaries 1926-1957 (London, 1991), I, p. 126,, accessed: 04 December 2023

Additional comments:



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