Don Juan

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Don Juan

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"Yesterday, I underwent one of the greatest experiences in my life - at a ""Poets Reading"" in aid of charity. The whole thing made one feel like a bird that has blundered into a room and is bumping its head against the ceiling in trying to get out. Bob Nichols read a whole Act (I suppose it was a whole Act, it certainly lasted for forty minutes) of his unpublished poetic drama ""Don Juan"" with appropriate face and gesture, but not, thank heavens, appropriate action. At moments one did not know if one was in Church or a Music-hall. But I expect Bob"s ""Don Juan"" will do a lot of good, morally speaking, for if those who lead harum-scarum lives have got to be such a bore as that, nobody is going to risk it."

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Known for her vituperative comments on anyone who she considered an 'enemy' of the Sitwells, Edith's reaction to Robert Nichol's work here may not rest alone on an academic or aesthetic opinion. In 1934 Nichols made a lengthy satirical attack on Osbert Sitwell in 'Fisbo '. However, it is known that Nichols spent 30 years on his uncompleted Don Juan Tenorio the Great ' a tragi-comedy in the Tyrtaen mode' regaling his long -suffering friends on it's pioneering significance ( Hugh Cecil in 'Muddling Through his Tears' ,The Spectator Jun 21 2003).

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Accessed on 2020/02/27 03:25:30

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Selected letters of Edith Sitwell
Related place
England
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Don Juan

Reading experience
Identifer:
ukred-19442

Evidence

"Yesterday, I underwent one of the greatest experiences in my life - at a ""Poets Reading"" in aid of charity. The whole thing made one feel like a bird that has blundered into a room and is bumping its head against the ceiling in trying to get out. Bob Nichols read a whole Act (I suppose it was a whole Act, it certainly lasted for forty minutes) of his unpublished poetic drama ""Don Juan"" with appropriate face and gesture, but not, thank heavens, appropriate action. At moments one did not know if one was in Church or a Music-hall. But I expect Bob"s ""Don Juan"" will do a lot of good, morally speaking, for if those who lead harum-scarum lives have got to be such a bore as that, nobody is going to risk it."

Source

Selected letters of Edith Sitwell

Text being read

EuRED : text status
TST4
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TFO27
EuRED : text provenance
TPR210 Read in

Reader(s) and listener(s)


Listener
Sitwell, Edith

Details of the reading experience

Date of Reading Experience
March 1 1928
Time of Reading Experience
EuRED : experience type
EuRED : experience frequency
EXF3
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England
EuRED : emotions
EuRED : intensity
EuRED : environment
EuRED : lighting
EuRED : testimony
EuRED : reliability
Notes
Known for her vituperative comments on anyone who she considered an 'enemy' of the Sitwells, Edith's reaction to Robert Nichol's work here may not rest alone on an academic or aesthetic opinion. In 1934 Nichols made a lengthy satirical attack on Osbert Sitwell in 'Fisbo '. However, it is known that Nichols spent 30 years on his uncompleted Don Juan Tenorio the Great ' a tragi-comedy in the Tyrtaen mode' regaling his long -suffering friends on it's pioneering significance ( Hugh Cecil in 'Muddling Through his Tears' ,The Spectator Jun 21 2003).

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Selected letters of Edith Sitwell
http://eured.univ-lemans.fr/dbworkshop/index.php/Detail/objects/75382
Accessed on 2020/02/27 03:25:30

Related place
England
Related people
Sitwell, Edith
Related text or manuscript
Selected letters of Edith Sitwell
Related place
England
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