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Record 22822

Reading Experience:

[Mary Brotherton writes] 'I told him [Tennyson] the story [of the eighteenth-century woman soldier Phoebe Hessel] one day at Farringford, knowing it would touch him, and he came up to see my husband and me next day, and asked me to tell it him again: on whch I gave him the little penny magazine I found it in. It was an unpretentious account of "Old Brighton." Many months after he took me up to his library, after a walk, and read me what he called "Bones." That was before it was called "Rizpah" and published.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Isle of Wight
specific address: Farringford
location in dwelling: Library
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)
Mary Brotherton
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

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


Source Information:

Record ID: 22822  
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: 249 n.1
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Hallam Tennyson, Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son (London, 1897), 2, p. 249 n.1,, accessed: 01 July 2022

Additional comments:

Note accompanies extract from Tennyson's MS notes to his 1880 ballads and poems in which he records: '"Rizpah" is founded on an incident which I saw thus related in some penny magazine called Old Brighton, lent to me by my friend and neighbour Mrs Brotherton' (p.249).



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