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Record Number: 13003


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Some time since, all the world was astonished at the 2nd number of "Blackwoods (formerly the Edinr) magazine" - The greater part of it is full of gall: but the most venomous article is the "translation of a Chaldee manuscript" said to be found in the library of Paris - It is written in the phrase of the Scriptures - [and gives] an allegorical account of the origin & end of the late "Edinr magazine" - greatly to the [dis]paragement of Constable & the Editors - Most of the Authors of "Edinr" are characterised with great acrimony - under the likeness of birds & beasts & creeping things - "Blackwood" is like to be beleaguered with prosecutions for it - two are already raised against him. Replies in the shape of "explanations", "letters to Drs M'Crie and Thomson" have been put forth - more are promised - and doubtless, rejoinders are in a state of preparation. Whatever may become of "Blackwood" or his antagonists - the "reading" or rather the talking "public" is greatly beholden to the Author. He has kept its jaws moving these four weeks - and the sport is not finished yet'.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Oct 1817 and 19 Nov 1817

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Kirkcaldy

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:

Thomas Carlyle

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

4 Dec 1795

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Teacher, later man of letters

Religion:

Christian

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

[n/a]

Title:

Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine

Genre:

Essays / Criticism, satire

Form of Text:

Print: Serial / periodical

Publication Details

no VIII, Oct. 1817

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

13003

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Charles Richard Sanders

Title:

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle

Place of Publication:

Durham, NC

Date of Publication:

1970

Vol:

I

Page:

114

Additional Comments:

Letter to Robert Mitchell

Citation:

Charles Richard Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, (Durham, NC, 1970), I, p. 114, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=13003, accessed: 02 March 2021


Additional Comments:

Article attributed to John Gibson Lockhart, James Hogg and William Hamilton.

   
   
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