Reading Experience Database

Basic Search

Advanced Search

Record 27167

Reading Experience:

John Murray to Lord Byron (December 1815): 'I tore open the packet you sent me, and have found in it a Pearl. It is very interesting, pathetic, beautiful -- do you know, I would almost say moral [...] I have been most agreeably disappointed (a word I cannot associate with the poem) at the story, which -- what you hinted to me and wrote -- had alarmed me; and I should not have read it aloud to my wife if my eye had not traced the delicate hand that transcribed it.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Nov 1815 and 31 Dec 1815
Country: n/a
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:John Murray
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Publisher
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Mrs Murray
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: George Gordon Lord Byron
Title: The Siege of Corinth / Parisina
Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown, In hand of Anne Isabella, Lady Byron
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 27167  
Source - Print  
  Author: Samuel Smiles
  Editor: n/a
  Title: A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1891
  Vol: 1
  Page: 353-354
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray (London, 1891), 1, p. 353-354,, accessed: 07 December 2023

Additional comments:

Not clear which of two texts sent was one referred to as read out loud. Source ed. relates of texts: 'They had been copied in the legible hand of Lady Byron' (p.353).



Reading Experience Database version 2.0.  Page updated: 27th Apr 2016  3:15pm (GMT)