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Record 22510

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'She announced among other things that Longfellow was her favourite poet. “Byron is nice too” she added “Especially his Elegy on the death of a mad dog.”!!! Shakespeare she has some little knowledge of – His fairies & pucks are nice – but he can’t come up to Longfellow. I nearly died with inward mirth. She vows she is going to devote herself to Literature when she grows up: but she really does appreciate good poetry – I read her some Scott one afternoon, & she understood & liked it – and then I found her an Austin-Dobson – and read her things for nearly an hour, out of his Idylls – and you should have seen how her eyes glistened as she took it all in. She expressed a wish to have something of his – and in half an hour she had mastered both the spirit & matter of “the little blue Mandarin”.
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 23 Dec 1892
Country: England
Time: afternoon
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)
Cornelia's niece Elsie, young daughter of her sister Pheroze
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Walter Scott
Title: unknown
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 22510  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: F165/7 Sorabji Papers, APACS, British Library,

Citation: F165/7 Sorabji Papers, APACS, British Library,, accessed: 26 February 2024

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