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Record 20675

Reading Experience:

'Have you read Lord Byron and his horrid Incantation? Can you doubt but that it is intended as a curse on his wife? Her nerves must be strong if she can read it without shuddering. He is in Italy travelling with two ladies in his Suite. In "Childe Harold" there is a novel enjoyment of a storm such I should think as a demon would feel, but I think that the stanza which describes the appearance of the morning after is beautiful. Sir Samuel says that he has lost his ear, and that his last poems are decidedly the worst he has written. Surely the man who wrote "Darkness" must be mad or nearly approaching to it. Is there not something exceptionally riduculous in the idea of the two men, who survived the rest, frightening each other to death at last by their ugliness, ''een of their mutual ugliness they died", that is the line I think'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 17 Dec 1816
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
specific address: Great Russell St
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:Anne Romilly
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1773
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: n/a
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: George Gordon, Lord Byron
Title: Childe Harold
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 20675  
Source - Print  
  Author: Anne Romilly
  Editor: Samuel Henry Romilly
  Title: Romilly-Edgeworth Letters 1813-1818
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1936
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 160-61
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Anne Romilly, Samuel Henry Romilly (ed.), Romilly-Edgeworth Letters 1813-1818 (London, 1936), p. 160-61,, accessed: 10 December 2023

Additional comments:

Date of birth a guess: AR was married in Jan 1798, aged about 24.



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