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Record 977

Reading Experience:

'It was filled with a high but vague nonconformity, and tried to combine the ideals of revivalist Christianity and great literature. There were articles on 'aspects' of Ruskin, Carlyle, Browning, and other uplifting Victorians, and a great number of quotations, mainly "thoughts" from their works.... For some time this paper coloured my attitude to literature. I acquired a passion for "thoughts" and "thinkers", and demanded from literature a moral inspiration which would improve my character.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1901 and 1919
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Glasgow
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:Edwin Muir
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1887
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: clerk at the time, later poet
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: Great Thoughts
Genre: Other religious, Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 977  
Source - Print  
  Author: Edwin Muir
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Story and the Fable
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1940
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 113-4
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Edwin Muir, The Story and the Fable (London, 1940), p. 113-4,, accessed: 01 February 2023

Additional comments:



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