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Record 26280

Reading Experience:

'Wilde's fellow pupils remarked on his veneration of the novels of Benjamin Disraeli, so it must have been a fairly unusual literary passion at Portora... Speranza literally passed her passion on to her youngest son by lending him several Disraeli novels. Wilde was ravished by the books...'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1865 and 31 Dec 1867
Country: Ireland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Enniskillen
specific address: Portora Royal School
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: Ireland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Title: novels
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
borrowed from mother


Source Information:

Record ID: 26280  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Wright
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Oscar's Books
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 2000
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 54
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Wright, Oscar's Books (London, 2000), p. 54,, accessed: 31 January 2023

Additional comments:

See F. Harris, "Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions" (New York, 1930), p.17.



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