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Record 29871

Reading Experience:

'I ordered a Russian grammar from home. For some reason nearly all the translations of Russian writers in those days, at least in the Windlestone library [at Windlestone Hall, Durham, the Eden family's country seat], were into French. The single exception was Constance Garnett's brilliant translations of Turgenev. In my last visits to Windlestone and encouraged by my father, I had broken into the Russian novelists who soon proved a joyous revelation to me. It was then that I made up my mind to read them in their own language. Even an adjutant could find time heavy on his hands in winter in Flanders. My plan was to snatch at least an hour's study every day and in addition to learn by heart some grammar exercise every morning while shaving. I persevered for many weeks but then had to accept disappointment at my slow rate of progress.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Aug 1914 and 25 Dec 1916
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Durham
specific address: Windlestone Hall
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:Anthony Eden
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender n/a
Date of Birth 12 Jun 1897
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Army officer, 21st Battalion, later Prime Minister
Religion: Church of England
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: Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev
Title: n/a
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: In Constance Garnett's English translation.
Provenance: read in situ
Country House Library


Source Information:

Record ID: 29871  
Source - Print  
  Author: Anthony Eden
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Another World: 1897-1917
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1976
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 122
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Anthony Eden, Another World: 1897-1917 (London, 1976), p. 122,, accessed: 26 February 2024

Additional comments:



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