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Record 22004

Reading Experience:

The Duke of Argyll to Alfred Tennyson, 14 July 1859: 'I think my prediction is coming true, that your "Idylls of the King" will be understood and admired by many who are incapable of understanding and appreciating many of your other works. 'Macaulay is certainly not a man incapable of [italics]understanding[end italics] anything but I knew that his tastes in poetry were so formed in another line that I gave him a good test, and three days ago I gave him "Guinevere." 'The result has been as I expected, that he has been [italics]delighted with it[end italics]. He told me that he has been greatly moved by it, and admired it exceedingly. Altho' by practice and disposition he is eminently a critic, he did not find one single fault. Yesterday I gave him the "Maid of Astolat" with which he was delighted also.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 11 Jul 1859
Country: n/a
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:Thomas Babington Macaulay
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 25 Oct 1800
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Alfred Tennyson
Title: Guinevere
Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: In Idylls of the King
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 22004  
Source - Print  
  Author: Hallam Tennyson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by his Son
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1897
  Vol: 1
  Page: 447
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Hallam Tennyson, Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by his Son (London, 1897), 1, p. 447,, accessed: 05 February 2023

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