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Record 5518

Reading Experience:

'I have been working with Shakespeare (a very good book) with an occasional dip into Aiken, and my B flats and Bs really do sound like them now, although I still get stiff with nerves sometimes.' 'I am keeping your Shakespeare and Aiken very carefully here with me, as I thought it would be too risky and difficult sending them. However if you can't do without them I will send them.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: North America
Time: n/a
Place: specific address: Long Island Home, Amityville, New York, USA
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:Peter Pears
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 22 Jun 1910
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Singer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: North America
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Shakespeare
Title: Art of Singing, The
Genre: Education, Textbook / self-education
Form of Text: Print: BookManuscript: Letter
Publication details: In 3 Volumes. New York, Ditson, 1898-9
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 5518  
Source - Print  
  Author: Benjamin Britten
  Editor: Donald Mitchell
  Title: Letters from a Life: Selected Letters and Diaries of Benjamin Britten
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1998
  Vol: 2 (1939-45)
  Page: 730-32
  Additional comments: Author: Benjamin Britten et al Editors Donald Mitchell and Philip Reed Letter 221, November 11th (1939) Letter from Peter Pears to Ursula Nettleship

Citation: Benjamin Britten, Donald Mitchell (ed.), Letters from a Life: Selected Letters and Diaries of Benjamin Britten (London, 1998), 2 (1939-45), p. 730-32,, accessed: 02 March 2024

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