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Record 24043

Reading Experience:

'[from Mary Arnold, later Ward's diary] "Read Uncle Matt's [Matthew Arnold's] Essay on Pagan and Medieval Religious Sentiment. Compares the religious feeling of Pompei and Theocritus with the religious feeling of St Francis and the German Reformation. Contrasts the religion of sorrow as he is pleased to call Christianity with the religion of sense, giving to the former for the sake of propriety a slight pre-eminence over the latter". She does not like the famous "Preface" at all. "The 'Preface' is rich and has the fault which the author professes to avoid, that of being amusing. as for the seductiveness of Oxford, its moonlight charms and Romeo and Juliet character, I think Uncle Matt is slightly inclined to ride the high horse whenever he approaches the subject".'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Dec 1865 and 6 Jan 1866
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Oxford
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:Mary Arnold
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 11 Jun 1851
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: later writer
Religion: Anglican
Country of origin: born in Australia of English parents
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: later Mrs Ward


Text Being Read:

Author: Matthew Arnold
Title: Essays in Criticism
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 24043  
Source - Print  
  Author: Janet Penrose Trevelyan
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Life of Mrs Humphry Ward
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1923
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 15
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Janet Penrose Trevelyan, The Life of Mrs Humphry Ward (London, 1923), p. 15,, accessed: 02 December 2021

Additional comments:



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