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Record 21102

Reading Experience:

Passages quoted at length in E. M. Forster's Commonplace Book (1940) include three extracts from the Letters of Madame de Sevigne, the first of which, Forster notes underneath it, 'is not the one I wanted to copy out,' continuing, 'Her orthodox, gaiety, and caution are much better combined in the following,' and announcing the third with 'And still better -- gaiety dominating'.
Century: 1800-1849, 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Feb 1940 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: Madame de Sevigne
Title: Letters
Genre: Autobiog / Diary
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 21102  
Source - Print  
  Author: E. M. Forster
  Editor: Philip Gardner
  Title: Commonplace Book
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1985
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 120-121
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: E. M. Forster, Philip Gardner (ed.), Commonplace Book (London, 1985), p. 120-121,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:

First passage quoted (from letter of 16 March 1672) about fears of death; second (from letter of 10 June 1671) about being 'neither for God nor the devil' (source ed.'s transalation); third (from letter of 24 April 1671) about choice of fabric for a dressing-gown; all letters to Mme de Sevigne's daughter, Mme de Grignan; see pp.305-06 in source.



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