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Record 26268

Reading Experience:

'One of the "golden books" of his childhood was J.W. Meinhold's 1847 Gothic historical novel "Sidonia the Sorceress". Wilde's mother, who was an accomplished translator of European fiction, produced a celebrated English version of this German book. Wilde would remember it fondly as "my favourite romantic reading when a boy" and he returned to it at various times in his adult life.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 16 Oct 1854 and 1 Jan 1895
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:Oscar Wilde
Age Child (0-17)
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:

Author: J.W. Meinhold
Title: Sidonia the Sorceress
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: read in translation by Speranza Wilde
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 26268  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Wright
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Oscar's Books
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 2000
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 41
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Wright, Oscar's Books (London, 2000), p. 41,, accessed: 13 June 2024

Additional comments:

Quotation from "Reviews by Oscar Wilde" (London, 1908), p. 388.



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