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Record 95

Reading Experience:

'If your old contributors had to yield the pas to such writers only as the author of the "Battle of Dorking" we should have little to complain of. It is wonderfully fine and powerful. Is it Laurence Oliphant? I can't think of anybody else with such a power of realism and wonderful command of the subject. It is vivid as Defoe.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Apr 1871 and 4 May 1871
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Windsor
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:Margaret Oliphant
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 4 Apr 1828
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer and Critic
Religion: Free Church
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: George Chesney
Title: Battle of Dorking
Genre: History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 95  
Source - Print  
  Author: Margaret Oliphant
  Editor: Annie Coghill
  Title: The Autobiography and Letters of Mrs. M.O.W.Oliphant
  Place of Publication: Leicester
  Date of Publication: 1974
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 229-230
  Additional comments: Letter dated 4th May [1871] to Mr Blackwood

Citation: Margaret Oliphant, Annie Coghill (ed.), The Autobiography and Letters of Mrs. M.O.W.Oliphant (Leicester, 1974), p. 229-230,, accessed: 29 November 2023

Additional comments:



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