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Record 53

Reading Experience:

'The other day for a treat Charlie got me La Petite Comtesse to read. I never was more delighted with any story. It is so beautifully and pathetically written, but so sad that it made me miserable. I shan't read any more books. For a whole day after I had finished my charming petite comtesse, I found I took not the faintest interest in any of my household duties, and wanted only to sit by the fire and read, read, read, all through my life.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 15 Dec 1860
Country: France
Time: daytime: All day
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:Katey Dickens
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 29 Oct 1839
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Painter
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Feuillet Octave
Title: La Petite Comtesse
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 53  
Source - Print  
  Author: Lucinda Hawksley
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Katey: the Life and Loves of Dickens's Artist Daughter
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 2006
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 168
  Additional comments: Hawksley quotes this letter with no provenance. She dates it as being early December 1860, and the respondent as Harriet Collins.

Citation: Lucinda Hawksley, Katey: the Life and Loves of Dickens's Artist Daughter (London, 2006), p. 168,, accessed: 22 April 2024

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