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Record 24050

Reading Experience:

'[letter to Mrs Ward from Mr Creighton] I have read "Miss Bretherton" with much interest. It was hardly fair on the book to know the plot beforehand, but I found myself carried away by the delicate feeling with which the development of character was traced. The Nuneham scene, the death-bed and the final reconciliation were really touching and powerfully worked out. At the same time it is not a novel of my sort. I demand that I should have given me an entire slice of life, and that I should see the mutual interaction of a number of characters. Your interest centres entirely on one character: your characters all move in the same region of ideas, and that a narrow one.' [the critique continues at length; Creighton asks Mrs Ward] 'Have you read Sainte Beuve's solitary novel, "Volupte"? it is instructive reading.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1884 and 31 Dec 1884
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:Mr Creighton
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Oxford academic
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Mary Augusta Ward
Title: Miss Bretherton
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 24050  
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: 44
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Janet Penrose Trevelyan, The Life of Mrs Humphry Ward (London, 1923), p. 44,, accessed: 17 April 2024

Additional comments:



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