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Record 844

Reading Experience:

Went into the library to try to rationalize my mind about the deathwatch, - by reading the Cyclopaedia. Feel very unwell today, & nervous. Read the mysteries of Udolpho ? by way of quieting my imagination? & heard the boys read Homer & Zenophon - & read some of Victor Hugo?s & Lamartine?s poetry ? his last song of Childe Harold. Miss Steers kindly sent a packet of French poetry to Mr. Boyd?s for me yesterday. Le dernier chant wants the Byronic character (- an inevitable want for a French composition ? ) and is not quite equal even to Lamartine.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 12 Jul 1831
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Ledbury
specific address: Hope End
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:Elizabeth Barrett
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 6 Mar 1806
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Poet
Religion: Evangelical Anglican
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Ann Radcliffe
Title: Mysteries of Udolpho
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 844  
Source - Print  
  Author: Elizabeth Barrett
  Editor: Elizabeth Berridge
  Title: The Barretts at Hope End: The Early Diary of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1974
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 107
  Additional comments: Diary entry for 12 July 1831

Citation: Elizabeth Barrett, Elizabeth Berridge (ed.), The Barretts at Hope End: The Early Diary of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (London, 1974), p. 107,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:

This was Barrett's second reading of the Mysteries of Udolpho (see ID 843).



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