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Record 6484

Reading Experience:

Henry James to Alice James, 31 August 1869, on walking in Switzerland and Italy: "[after crossing Bernadine pass] I ... pursued my way ... to the village of Splugen, where I was glad to halt and rest and where I diverted myself the rest of the day, as I lay, supine, with Mrs. Stowe's Old Town Folks, which I found kicking about, and which struck me under the circumstances as a work of singular and delicious perfection."
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jun 1869 and 31 Aug 1869
Country: Switzerland
Time: daytime
Place: city: Splugen
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:Henry James
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 15 Apr 1843
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: USA
Country of experience: Switzerland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe
Title: Old Town Folks
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: Found


Source Information:

Record ID: 6484  
Source - Print  
  Author: Henry James
  Editor: Leon Edel
  Title: Henry James: Letters
  Place of Publication: Cambridge, Massachusetts
  Date of Publication: 1975
  Vol: 1
  Page: 129-30
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry James, Leon Edel (ed.), Henry James: Letters (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1975), 1, p. 129-30,, accessed: 01 June 2023

Additional comments:



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