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Record 571

Reading Experience:

Dear Mrs Oliphant, - It is with ceaseless admiration that I have read 'The Duke's Daughter'. My remembrance of what you had told me respecting the origin of your inclination to undertake the narrative put me into the mood for studying it, if so one may speak, instead of too placidly 'reading' your delightful pages, and the effect of this special care was such as to make me think more - more even than ever before - of what - distinguished from 'fancy' - I should call that sound, healthy, that strong Imagination of yours which tells you, and lets you tell others, the very, very truth.
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1890 and Mar 1890
Country: n/a
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:A.W. Kinglake
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 5 Aug 1809
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Lawyer and writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Margaret Oliphant
Title: The Duke's Daughter
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book, Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: n/a


Source Information:

Record ID: 571  
Source - Print  
  Author: Margaret Oliphant
  Editor: Annie (Mrs Harry) Coghill
  Title: The Autobiography and Letters of Mrs M.O.W. Oliphant
  Place of Publication: n/a
  Date of Publication: 1974
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 366-7
  Additional comments: Letter from A.W.Kinglake to Mrs Oliphant, 19 March [1890]

Citation: Margaret Oliphant, Annie (Mrs Harry) Coghill (ed.), The Autobiography and Letters of Mrs M.O.W. Oliphant (1974), p. 366-7,, accessed: 09 February 2023

Additional comments:

Later in the same letter, Kinglake compares Oliphant to Shakespeare.



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