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Record 7604

Reading Experience:

Henry James to H. G. Wells, 24 January 1904: 'I've [italics] wanted [end italics], day after day, to write -- wanted to quite intensely from the day I read your two munificently-conferred books [...] "M[ankind] in the M[aking]" thrills and transports me [...] it becomes, as one reads, inordinately obective, heroic, sympathetic, D'Artagnanesque. 'Of the little Tales in t'other book ["Twelve Stories and a Dream"] I read one every night regularly, after going to bed -- they had only the defect of hurrying me prematurely to my couch.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1903 and 24 Jan 1904
Country: England
Time: night
Place: city: Rye
county: Sussex
specific address: Lamb House
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: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: H. G. Wells
Title: Twelve Stories and a Dream
Genre: Fiction, Miscellany / Anthology
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1903
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 7604  
Source - Print  
  Author: Henry James
  Editor: Leon Edel
  Title: Henry James: Letters
  Place of Publication: Cambridge, Massachusetts
  Date of Publication: 1984
  Vol: 4
  Page: 303-4; 304
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry James, Leon Edel (ed.), Henry James: Letters (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1984), 4, p. 303-4; 304,, accessed: 19 June 2024

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