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Record 22978

Reading Experience:

From Phillips Brooks's journal (1883), on a visit to Tennyson's home: 'After dinner, Tennyson and I went up to the study [...] and I had him to myself for two or three hours. We smoked, and he talked of metaphysics, and poetry, and religion, his own life, and Hallam, and all the poems [...] Then we went down to the drawing-room where the rest were, and he read his poetry to us till the clock said twelve -- "Locksley Hall," "Sir Galahad," pieces of "Maud" (which he specially likes to read), and some of his dialect poems. He said, by the way, in reading "Locksley Hall," that the verse beginning 'Love took up, etc 'was the best simile he ever made; and that a certain line in "The Gardener's daughter" were the ones on which he most piqued himself.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1882 and 31 Dec 1884
Country: England
Time: night
Place: county: Isle of Wight
specific address: Farringford
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 Emily Tennyson Phillips Brooks Mary Boyle and niece (Audrey Boyle) 'Mr Lushington'
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Alfred Tennyson
Title: Sir Galahad
Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 22978  
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: 296
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Hallam Tennyson, Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son (London, 1897), 2, p. 296,, accessed: 25 June 2022

Additional comments:



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