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Record 27168

Reading Experience:

Isaac D'Israeli to John Murray (December 1815): 'I find myself, this morning, so strangely affected by the perusal of the poem last night, that I feel it is one which stands quite by itself [...] There is no scene, no incident, nothing so marvellous in pathos and terror in Homer, or any bard of antiquity [comments further ] [...] Homer has never conveyed his reader into a vast Golgotha, nor harrowed us with the vulture flapping the back of the gorged wolf, nor the dogs: the terror, the truth, and the loneliness of that spot will never be erased from my memory [...] I never read any poem that exceeded in power this, to me, extraordinary production. I do not know where I am to find any which can excite the same degree of emotion.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 30 Nov 1815 and 31 Dec 1815
Country: n/a
Time: night
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:Isaac D'Israeli
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

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


Source Information:

Record ID: 27168  
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: 358
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray (London, 1891), 1, p. 358,, accessed: 28 November 2023

Additional comments:



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