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Record 2272

Reading Experience:

Have you read 'Zanoni'? And do you relish the gathering up of dropped (or strewed) Platonisms, & forming them into such a crown of glory, - of holy radiance, as the moral of that book? Nothing wd. beforehand have persuaded me that such an allegory as that wd. be given us in our day, - though I had caught glimpses in Bulwer's mind of higher powers & better thoughts than he had been used to give out. But this book is such a spring above all his former efforts - such a soaring - as has surprised me: - & others, to judge by the pertinacity of some people in declaring that he cd. not have meant the allegory we hold between our hands; - a thing they might as well say of the maker of a clock, or a county map.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 5 Sep 1843
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:Harriet Martineau
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 12 Jun 1802
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Unitarian
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: Edward Bulwer Lytton
Title: Zanoni
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 2272  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Harriet Martineau
  Title: Letter to Caroline Clive, 5 Sept 1843
  Location: Private collection of Edward Clive, Whitfield, Wormbridge, Hereford.
  Call no: MS Whitfield C13
  Page/folio: n/a

Citation: Harriet Martineau, Letter to Caroline Clive, 5 Sept 1843 Private collection of Edward Clive, Whitfield, Wormbridge, Hereford., p. MS Whitfield C13,, accessed: 28 November 2023

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