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Record 3880

Reading Experience:

?Do you sympathise with me when I say that the only writer whom I have been able to read with pleasure through this nightmare is Wordsworth? I used not to care for him especially; but now I love him. He is so thoroughly manly & tender & honest as far as his lights go that he seems to me the only consoler. I despise most of your religious people, who cultivate their maudlin humours & despise even more your sentimentalist of the atheist kind; but old W. W. is a genuine human being, whom I respect.?
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 1876
Country: England
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 in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Leslie Stephen
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 28 Nov 1832
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Literary critic, historian, journalist, biographer
Religion: Christian
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: William Wordsworth
Title: n/a
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 3880  
Source - Print  
  Author: Leslie Stephen
  Editor: John Bicknell
  Title: The Selected Letters of Leslie Stephen Vol. 1 1864-1882
  Place of Publication: Ohio State University Press
  Date of Publication: 1996
  Vol: 1
  Page: 170
  Additional comments: Letter from Leslie Stephen to Charles Eliot Norton (5/3/1876), describing one of his ways of coping with the death of his wife Minny.

Citation: Leslie Stephen, John Bicknell (ed.), The Selected Letters of Leslie Stephen Vol. 1 1864-1882 (Ohio State University Press, 1996), 1, p. 170,, accessed: 28 November 2023

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