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Record 21381

Reading Experience:

'Had I realised when I read it that its author was even then portentously engaged in rallying the anti-suffrage forces, it might have influenced me less, but I remained ignorant until some years later of Mrs. Ward's political machinations, and her book converted me from an unquestioning if somewhat indifferent church-goer into an anxiously interrogative agnostic.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 29 Dec 1908 and 29 Dec 1912
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Kingswood
county: Surrey
specific address: St Monica's School
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:Vera Brittain
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 29 Dec 1893
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: unknown
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: Mary Ward
Title: Robert Elsmere
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 21381  
Source - Print  
  Author: Vera Brittain
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Testament of Youth
  Place of Publication: Great Britain
  Date of Publication: 1978
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 41
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth (Great Britain, 1978), p. 41,, accessed: 26 February 2024

Additional comments:

Vera Brittain refers to Mary Ward as Mrs. Humphrey Ward, the name she wrote under. The age range covers her age from fifteen to eighteen as she says earlier in the chapter that she includes this book as one of three works which influenced her between these ages.



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