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Record 21744

Reading Experience:

'The letter began with a keen criticism of Robert Service's "Rhymes of a Red Cross Man", which had just been sent out to him from England. He particularly resented, it seemed, a line in the poem called "Pilgrims" which described death as "the splendid release".'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1917 and 24 Mar 1917
Country: France
Time: n/a
Place: city: near Arras
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:Victor unknown
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Unknown/NA
Occupation: soldier serving in the First World War
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: unknown
Country of experience: France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Robert Service
Title: Rhymes of a Red Cross Man
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 21744  
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: 335
  Additional comments: Vera Brittain refers to a letter dated 24th March, written to her by Victor, a friend of her brother Edward and herself.

Citation: Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth (Great Britain, 1978), p. 335,, accessed: 23 May 2024

Additional comments:



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