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Record 26974

Reading Experience:

'I stared at the sea far below, and thought of our English master declaring how clever Tennyson had been in saying of his soaring eagle 'the wrinkled sea beneath him crawled'. Yes, it was like that. Then we hit an air pocket and we seemed to be dropping alarmingly, and I forgot about Tennyson.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1910 and 1 Jan 1914
Country: England
Time: daytime: school hours
Place: city: Berkhamsted
specific address: Berkhamsted 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:

Listener:Harold Edward Leslie Mellersh
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1897
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: schoolboy
Religion: Anglican
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Alfred Tennyson
Title: 'The Eagle: A Fragment'
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown
School textbook - probably owned.


Source Information:

Record ID: 26974  
Source - Print  
  Author: Harold Edward Leslie Mellersh
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Schoolboy into War
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1978
  Vol: n/a
  Page: n/a
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Harold Edward Leslie Mellersh, Schoolboy into War (London, 1978),, accessed: 01 July 2022

Additional comments:

This is an autobiographical report (1978) of a reminiscence (1917) of a school reading experience.



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