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Record 21097

Reading Experience:

Passages transcribed into E. M. Forster's Commonplace Book (1938-40) include three quotations from the Dunciad (addresses to and by the personification of 'Dulness', beginning in I.12, I.311, II.34, and II.83). These accompanied by comments opening: 'How undull! and how gay are Pope's ordures besides Swift's,' and continuing: 'Bk II [...] is grand and frolicsome, and belongs to that happy moment when aristocracy catches hold of ordinary experiences and common life, and plunges, retaining its own proper form.'
Century: 1800-1849, 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1938 and 31 Dec 1940
Country: n/a
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: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Alexander Pope
Title: The Dunciad (books I and II)
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Source ed. notes that Forster owned a 6-volume editon of Pope's works published in 1764
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 21097  
Source - Print  
  Author: E. M. Forster
  Editor: Philip Gardner
  Title: Commonplace Book
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1985
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 116-117
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: E. M. Forster, Philip Gardner (ed.), Commonplace Book (London, 1985), p. 116-117,, accessed: 31 May 2023

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