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Record 29858

Reading Experience:

'I will stay in this farmhouse while the gas course lasts [...] and get the old peasant in the evenings to recite more "[Fables of] La Fontaine" to me, in the Béthune dialect, and walk out to see the neighbouring inns and shrines, and read -- Bless me, Kapp [a fellow officer and satirical artist, recently sent away to the Press Bureau] has gone away with my "John Clare"! He has the book yet for all I know [...].
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between May 1916 and Jun 1916
Country: France
Time: n/a
Place: city: Hinges, near Béthune
county: Nord
other location: farmhouse
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:Edmund Blunden
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1 Nov 1896
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Army Officer and Poet
Religion: Christian (Anglican)
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: unknown unknown
Title: unknown
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: unknown
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 29858  
Source - Print  
  Author: Edmund Blunden
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Undertones of War
  Place of Publication: Harmondsworth (Penguin Modern Classics edn.)
  Date of Publication: 1982 (1928, 1937)
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 40
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Edmund Blunden, Undertones of War (Harmondsworth (Penguin Modern Classics edn.), 1982 (1928, 1937)), p. 40,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:

It is not known what Blunden read on this occasion but it can be assumed that it was not John Clare's poems, which he may have read periodically up until that point in time.



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