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Record 22818

Reading Experience:

'My father was fond of asking Joachim [celebrity violinist] to play to him in his own house. One particular evening I remember, at 86, Eaton Square. My father had been expressing his wonder at Joachim's mastery of the violin, -- for Joachim had been playing to us and our friends numberless Hungarian dances, -- and by way of thanks for the splendid music I asked him to read one of his poems to Joachim. Accordingly after the guests had gone he took the great musician to smoke with him in his "den" at the top of the house [...] my father read "The Revenge." On reaching the line 'And the sun went down, and the stars came out far over the summer sea, he asked Joachim, "Could you do that on your violin?" -- the peace of nature after the thunder of battle. There was no more reading however that night, for he suddenly turned round to me, saying, "I must not read any more, else I shall wake up the cook who is sleeping next door."'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1879 and 31 Dec 1879
Country: England
Time: night
Place: city: London
specific address: 86 Eaton Square
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:Alfred Tennyson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 6 Aug 1809
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Hallam Tennyson Joachim
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Alfred Tennyson
Title: The Revenge
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 22818  
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: 2
  Page: 233
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Hallam Tennyson, Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son (London, 1897), 2, p. 233,, accessed: 01 July 2022

Additional comments:



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