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Record 3438

Reading Experience:

'In 1880 Tennyson attempted to interest Henry Irving in his play "The Cup" ... [he] "read in a monotone, rumbling on a low note" until, for the female parts, "he changed his voice suddenly and climbed up into a key he could not sustain". This was Ellen Terry's description: she was present with her 11-year-old daughter, who found the performance irresistibly comical, as apparently did Irving ...'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1880 and 31 Dec 1880
Country: n/a
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 reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Alfred Tennyson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Henry Irving Ellen Terry and daughter
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Alfred Tennyson
Title: The Cup
Genre: Drama, Poetry
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 3438  
Source - Print  
  Author: Philip Waller
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 2006
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 366-67
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Waller, Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918 (Oxford, 2006), p. 366-67,, accessed: 01 July 2022

Additional comments:

Quotation from Laurence Irving, Henry Irving: The Actor and his World (1989) 364-65.



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