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Record Number: 15157


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Saturday August 27th. Reach Lucerne about half after twelve [p.m.] -- Go to the Cheval. Read King Richard III. & King Lear. Quite Horrified -- [I] can't describe my feelings for [th]e moment -- when Cornwall tears [ou]t the eyes of the Duke of Gloster -- This Play is the most melancholy & produces almost stupendous despair on the reader -- Such refinement in wickedness & cruelty'.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

27 Aug 1814

Country:

Switzerland

Time

afternoon

Place:

city: Lucerne
specific address: Le Cheval Blanc (inn)

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:

Claire Clairmont

Age:

Child (0-17)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

27 Apr 1798

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

trainee writer

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

Switzerland

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

William Shakespeare

Title:

King Lear

Genre:

Drama, Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

15157

Source:

Print

Author:

Claire Clairmont

Editor:

Marion Kingston Stocking

Title:

The Journals of Claire Clairmont

Place of Publication:

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Date of Publication:

1968

Vol:

n/a

Page:

31

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Claire Clairmont, Marion Kingston Stocking (ed.), The Journals of Claire Clairmont, (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1968), p. 31, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=15157, accessed: 04 December 2021


Additional Comments:

Location identified in p.31 n.20 in source.

   
   
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