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Record 9888

Reading Experience:

Harriet Martineau to E. J. Furnival, 5 October 1851, thanking him for a copy of Tennyson's "In Memoriam": 'Like most other people (whom I have met with, at least), I shrank from a whole volume of published griefs; and the more, because I knew Arthur Hallam [...] I began to cut and read last night; and I stopped at last, by a virtuous effort, from the feeling that I ought not to be able to take in so much at once, -- that I ought to spread it out [...] I cannot honestly say that I had anything like so much pleasure from "The Princess." There are bits of wisdom and beauty [...] but the impression of the whole is more than odd; -- it is very disagreeable, to my feeling. It does not follow that I am not glad to know it'.
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 4 Oct 1851
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Ambleside
county: Cumbria
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:Harriet Martineau
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 12 Jun 1802
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Unitarian
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: Alfred Tennyson
Title: In Memoriam A. H. H.
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 9888  
Source - Print  
  Author: Harriet Martineau
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Harriet Martineau's Autobiography with Memorials by Maria Weston Chapman
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1877
  Vol: 3
  Page: 279
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Harriet Martineau, Harriet Martineau's Autobiography with Memorials by Maria Weston Chapman (London, 1877), 3, p. 279,, accessed: 05 February 2023

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