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Record Number: 1712


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'On 17-18 May 1812 W[ordsworth] wrote to M[ary] W[ordsworth]: "Yesterday I dined alone with Lady B. - and we read Lord Byron's new poem whch is not destitute of merit; though ill-planned, and often unpleasing in the sentiments, and almost always perplexed in the construction."'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 15 May 1812 and 18 May 1812

Country:

England

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:

William Wordsworth

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

7 Apr 1770

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

Church of England

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

George Gordon, Lord Byron

Title:

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage I and II

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1812

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

1712

Source:

Print

Author:

Duncan Wu

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Wordsworth's Reading 1800-1815

Place of Publication:

Cambridge

Date of Publication:

1995

Vol:

n/a

Page:

40

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1800-1815, (Cambridge, 1995), p. 40, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=1712, accessed: 21 April 2024


Additional Comments:

From entry 80 (ii) in Wu (1995); quotation from Alan G. Hill, ed., The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth VIII: A Supplement of New Letters (1993) 80.

   
   
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