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Record 21852

Reading Experience:

'Another, much less predictable [than that of Shelley] influence on Owen's thinking at Dunsden and much later began in October 1911 when he happened to buy a book of new poems by "A modern aspirant (Unknown to me)... I am idly-busy trying to discover the talent of our own days, and the requirements of the public". This book was undoubtedly "Before Dawn: Poems and Impressions" by Harold Monro. Owen read it carefully and could still quote from it two months later'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Oct 1911 and 1 Dec 1911
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Dunsden
county: Oxfordshire
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:Wilfred Owen
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 18 Mar 1893
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: lay cleric, later soldier and poet
Religion: Christian
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: Harold Monro
Title: Before Dawn: Poems and Impressions
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 21852  
Source - Print  
  Author: Dominic Hibberd
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Owen the Poet
  Place of Publication: Basingstoke
  Date of Publication: 1986
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 14-15
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Dominic Hibberd, Owen the Poet (Basingstoke, 1986), p. 14-15,, accessed: 06 July 2022

Additional comments:



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