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Record 25770

Reading Experience:

'In February 1896, seven titles were added to his [Oscar Wilde's] store. These were: Dante's "Divina commedia", accompanied by an Italian grammar and dictionary to help Wilde with the poem's medieval Italian; two massive folio volumes containing the entire surviving corpus of Greek and Latin poetry and drama; the equally weighty Liddell and Scott's "Greek Lexicon", and Lewis and Short's "Latin Dictionary". More Adey, the translator of Henrik Ibsen...procured the volumes and dispatched them to Reading.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Feb 1896 and 31 Dec 1896
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Reading
specific address: Reading Gaol
location in dwelling: Cell
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:Oscar Wilde
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 16 Oct 1854
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Ireland
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: Italian Grammar Book
Genre: Textbook / self-education, Languages
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned
sent to Wilde in prison by More Adey


Source Information:

Record ID: 25770  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Wright
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Oscar's Books
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 2008
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 255
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Wright, Oscar's Books (London, 2008), p. 255,, accessed: 01 February 2023

Additional comments:



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