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Record 9892

Reading Experience:

Harriet Martineau, in letter of 20 March 1873: 'The Life of Dickens is far too exclusively occupied with his personal relations with Forster [...] Yet it has an interest, and is worth reading. In the second volume I am much struck by Dickens's hysterical restlessness [...] To how great an extent the women of his family are ignored in the book! The whole impression left by it is very melancholy.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1872 and 20 Mar 1873
Country: unknown
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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: unknown
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: John Forster
Title: The Life of Charles Dickens
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: London, 1872-74
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 9892  
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: 416
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Harriet Martineau, Harriet Martineau's Autobiography with Memorials by Maria Weston Chapman (London, 1877), 3, p. 416,, accessed: 09 December 2023

Additional comments:



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