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Record 21860

Reading Experience:

'I remembered once, years before, when I was a child of thirteen, listening in half-fascinated terror to a mistress at St. Monica's reading "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came":'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 29 Dec 1906 and 28 Dec 1907
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 reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Listener: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: Robert Browning
Title: Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 21860  
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: 408
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth (Great Britain, 1978), p. 408,, accessed: 10 December 2023

Additional comments:

Vera Brittain was reminded of this reading experience when, during her nursing career in France in 1918, she was spending a day off duty with her friend Hope Milroy. They were lost amongst sandhills near Camiers, within sight of a deserted watchtower. She goes on to quote some lines from the poem.



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