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Record 27792

Reading Experience:

'Only recently I discovered its origin in Longfellow's "New England Tragedies", read and re-read during my childhood when Longfellow and Matthew Arnold were the only poets in the parental library.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 29 Dec 1893 and 31 Dec 1913
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:Vera Brittain
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 29 Dec 1893
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: unknown
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: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Title: New England Tragedies
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: n/a


Source Information:

Record ID: 27792  
Source - Print  
  Author: Vera Brittain
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Testament of Experience
  Place of Publication: Great Britain
  Date of Publication: 1980
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 114
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Vera Brittain, Testament of Experience (Great Britain, 1980), p. 114,, accessed: 23 June 2024

Additional comments:

Vera Brittain had a "reminiscent feeling which puzzled me" about a visit in the 1930s to New England in autumn, although she had never been there before at that time of year, and later realised that it stemmed from reading these poems in her childhood.



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