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Record 20733

Reading Experience:

[following transcribed passage on 'gravity,' from Tristram Shandy I.ii] 'Insight vitiated by instinct of self defence -- probably typical of Sterne, whom I have begun to read. How did he discover the art of leaving out what he wanted to say? And why was it lost again until our own time. Can nothing liberate English fiction from conscientiousness? S. clearly a g[rea]t writer and his philosophy of life almost good and quite good in quotations: "Look at little me" spoils it in the bulk. 'But (now finishing T.S.): what character drawing! [goes on to comment further]'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1925 and 31 Dec 1926
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:Edward Morgan Forster
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1 Jan 1879
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: agnostic
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: Laurence Sterne
Title: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 20733  
Source - Print  
  Author: E. M. Forster
  Editor: Philip Gardner
  Title: Commonplace Book
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1985
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 2-3
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: E. M. Forster, Philip Gardner (ed.), Commonplace Book (London, 1985), p. 2-3,, accessed: 23 May 2024

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