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Record 6545

Reading Experience:

Henry James to William James, 8 January 1873, on meeting with Mrs Kemble on previous evening: "She is very magnificent, and was very gracious, and being draped (for an evening call) in lavender satin lavishly decollete, reminded me strangely, in her talk and manner, of the time when as infants, in St. John's Wood, we heard her read the Midsummer Night's Dream."
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: St John's Wood
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Frances Anne Kemble
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 27 Nov 1809
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Actress
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Henry James William James
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Shakespeare
Title: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Genre: Drama, Poetry
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 6545  
Source - Print  
  Author: Henry James
  Editor: Leon Edel
  Title: Henry James: Letters
  Place of Publication: Cambridge, Massachusetts
  Date of Publication: 1975
  Vol: 1
  Page: 322
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry James, Leon Edel (ed.), Henry James: Letters (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1975), 1, p. 322,, accessed: 28 March 2023

Additional comments:



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