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Record 21198

Reading Experience:

Texts quoted from and discussed at length in E. M. Forster's Commonplace Book (1942) include St Jerome, Letters ('Loeb'), with closing remarks: 'Now farewell St Jerome for ever, but I must not ignore some similarities between us: we both decline to concentrate on the political catastrophe. Your obsession with virginity helps you, for it is in danger whether there's peace or war.' [in notes, Forster expresses disapprobation for Jerome's attitudes to sexuality in particular, describing Letter 117 (p.136; on female modesty) as 'terrifying in its blindness and vigour']
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1942 and 31 Dec 1942
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: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: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: St Jerome
Title: Select Letters of St Jerome
Genre: Other religious, Classics, Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: In Loeb Classical Library edition with English translation by F. A. Wright (Heinemann, 1933)
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 21198  
Source - Print  
  Author: E. M. Forster
  Editor: Philip Gardner
  Title: Commonplace Book
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1985
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 135-137; 137
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: E. M. Forster, Philip Gardner (ed.), Commonplace Book (London, 1985), p. 135-137; 137,, accessed: 05 June 2023

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