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Record 3439

Reading Experience:

'In 1876 Aubrey de Vere aranged for Alice Thompson ... and her sister Elizabeth a visit to [Tennyson at] Aldworth ... Alice was ready with her selection when the offer to read was issued. It was "The Passing of Arthur", and it was a mistake. Tennyson "complied ... [but] was not pleased with her choice, which he thought should have fallen on his later work".'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1876 and 31 Dec 1876
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Aldworth
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:Alfred Tennyson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1809
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Elizabeth Thompson Alice Thompson
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Alfred Tennyson
Title: The Passing of Arthur
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 3439  
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: 367
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Waller, Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918 (Oxford, 2006), p. 367,, accessed: 25 June 2022

Additional comments:

Quotation from Viola Meynell, Alice Meynell: A Memoir (1929, 1947) 52-3.



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