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Record 29217

Reading Experience:

'April 1st. 1918. We came out of the line at night. Back to Arras. H.Q. in cellars in the Hotel de Ville, or Town Hall. Poor Arras! It is in a worse condition than ever before. All our new erections, Y.M.C.A., huts, transport lines, and canteens and officers club are no more. I salvaged a copy of Jones' "Life of R. Browning" from the wreckage of the Y.M.C.A. Library. Our quarters are damp, and they smell. There are also rats, and the place is dark. Some of the Tommies had had a good time. There has been a bit of looting of such wine cellars and estaminets as previous bombardments had left.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 1 Apr 1918
Country: France
Time: daytime
Place: city: Arras
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:Robert Lindsay Mackay
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender n/a
Date of Birth 1896
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Army officer, 11th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Henry Jones
Title: ?Browning as a Philosophical and Religious Teacher
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Biography, Ephemera
Form of Text: Print: BookManuscript: Letter, Sheet
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: stolen
Salvaged from wrecked YMCA library, Arras.


Source Information:

Record ID: 29217  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: Digitized version of manuscript.,

Citation: Digitized version of manuscript.,, accessed: 17 June 2024

Additional comments:

Mackay seems to be confused about the book he salvaged. It was either a critical work by Henry Jones with a different title, or one of several works entitled "The Life Robert Browning" which he misattributed to Jones.



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