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Record 6025

Reading Experience:

'...he continued to . . . reassess his first loves, such as Balzac, whom he begins to doubt: in May 1926 he finds him "thin and tedious", says he will try "Splendeurs et Miseres des Courtisanes" again, and "if that won't pass, I'll try 'Cousine Bette', which I think is the finest Balzac . . ."'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 8 May 1926
Country: England and France
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:Arnold Bennett
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 27 May 1867
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer/editor/reviewer
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England and France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Balzac
Title: n/a
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 6025  
Source - Print  
  Author: Margaret Drabble
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Arnold Bennett
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1974
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 288
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Margaret Drabble, Arnold Bennett (London, 1974), p. 288,, accessed: 05 December 2023

Additional comments:

author's note: 'Journals, entry for 8 May 1926'.



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