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Record 22509

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'I must let off a little steam. I am wroth beyond expression about Mr Kirkham’s cheek in publishing our letters. I did not want that to become public property. If you had seen & loved Tennyson & his belongings you would know what I feel & how anything in the nature of a Newspaper’s Interview as our own pleasant reminiscence is now reduced to – would gall one. Please don’t let any more of my letters get out. Some time hence when I am hence & personalities have ceased to be so – I will put them into a book - & if they are printed now the freshness will have departed. It was stupid of me not to have issued a Caveat long ago – but I knew you knew I was going to print ‘em some day – and I did not dream of their being printed now. However – it can’t be undone now. Don’t worry about it – only please don’t let it happen again. You could not know how I would feel about it – but you know now.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 8 Nov 1892
Country: England
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:Cornelia Sorabji
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1866
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
One of India's first women lawyers
Occupation: Trainee lawyer
Religion: Christian [family originally Parsee]
Country of origin: India
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Kirkham (ed.)
Title: Reminiscences of Tennyson extracted from Cornelia's letters home
Genre: Biography, Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: As Mr Kirkham [newspaper editor?] was known to the family, it was likely that the newspaper was local to Poona, India
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 22509  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: Letter from Cornelia Sorabji, 44 Lincoln's Inn Fields to the family in Poona, India, 8 November 1892. F165/7 Sorabji Papers, APACS, British Library,

Citation: Letter from Cornelia Sorabji, 44 Lincoln's Inn Fields to the family in Poona, India, 8 November 1892. F165/7 Sorabji Papers, APACS, British Library, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=22509, accessed: 23 June 2024

Additional comments:

Cornelia wrote home of the famous people she met, who included Tennyson. She also wrote a detailed account of his funeral, to which she had a mourner's ticket - see letter dated 18 October 1892, F165/7.

 

 

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