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Record 29104

Reading Experience:

'We reached his room about eleven. To do what? Not a blessed thing but to sit before a fire and talk and read again.... On his shelf was ... Edmund Rostand's [italics] Cyrano de Bergerac [end italics] in the original French. I started to read the famous speech on his nose. My good friend went ahead with me line for line without the book. Then he in turn read the "Non merci" speech with immense gusto.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1932 and 22 Jun 1932
Country: United Kingdom
Time: night: 11 pm-12 am
Place: city: London
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Cyril Lionel Robert James
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 4 Jan 1901
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Trinidad
Country of experience: United Kingdom
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Edmond Rostand
Title: Cyrano de Bergerac
Genre: Drama
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 29104  
Source - Print  
  Author: Cyril Lionel Robert James
  Editor: Nicholas Laughlin
  Title: Letters from London
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 2003
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 50-51
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Cyril Lionel Robert James, Nicholas Laughlin (ed.), Letters from London (Oxford, 2003), p. 50-51,, accessed: 21 January 2022

Additional comments:



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