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Record 22715

Reading Experience:

'One late evening in the dim firelight of our rooms at Oxford after the War, she turned from reading aloud to me Swinburne's "Super Flumina Babylonis" - a favourite poem associated in her mind with war-time loss and all premature death - and opened the notebook which contained her copies of Bill's verses.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1918 and 1922
Country: England
Time: evening: 'late evening'
Place: city: Oxford
county: Oxfordshire
specific address: Somerville College
location in dwelling: 'our rooms'
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:Winifred Holtby
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1898
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)
Vera Brittain
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Algernon Charles Swinburne
Title: Super Flumina Babylonis
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 22715  
Source - Print  
  Author: Vera Brittain
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Testament of Friendship
  Place of Publication: Great Britain
  Date of Publication: 1980
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 54-55
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Vera Brittain, Testament of Friendship (Great Britain, 1980), p. 54-55,, accessed: 31 March 2023

Additional comments:

Bill was a young soldier who Winifred fell in love with in 1914 when she was sixteen.



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