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Record 3445

Reading Experience:

' ... in November 1876, when a guest of Gladstone at Hawarden, Tennyson read the whole of his new play, "Harold" (1877) ... The marathon session began at 11.30 and continued for two and a half hours, during which Gladstone nodded off and other minds turned to "such earthly things as luncheon".'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Nov 1876 and 30 Nov 1876
Country: Wales
Time: morning
Place: specific address: Hawarden
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
passive 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: Wales
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
W. E. Gladstone
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

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


Source Information:

Record ID: 3445  
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: 368
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Waller, Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918 (Oxford, 2006), p. 368,, accessed: 01 July 2022

Additional comments:

Quotation from Lucy Masterman, ed., Mary Gladstone: Her Diaries and Letters (1930), 1 Nov. 1876.



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