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Record 8398

Reading Experience:

'On her deathbed Lucy [Harrison] asked Amy [Greener, her lover] to read to her from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "Caterina to Camoens" [...] It must have been painful for Miss Greener to read these words [about a dying woman's reconciling herself to the idea that her lover might love again] aloud in the whitewashed bedroom, among the plain oak furniture which her friend had knocked together.'
Century: 1850-1899, 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Yorkshire
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:Amy Greener
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Retired schoolteacher
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Lucy Harrison
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Title: Catarina to Camoens
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: In Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Poems
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 8398  
Source - Print  
  Author: Penelope Fitzgerald
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Charlotte Mew and Her Friends
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1984
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 35-6
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Penelope Fitzgerald, Charlotte Mew and Her Friends (London, 1984), p. 35-6,, accessed: 03 December 2023

Additional comments:

Fitzgerald cites Amy Greener, A Lover of Books: The Life and Literary Papers of Lucy Harrison (London, 1916) as source of anecdote.



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