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Record Number: 20725


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'[referring to his translation of Lobo's "Voyage to Abyssinia"] Johnson upon this exerted the powers of his mind, though his body was relaxed. He lay in bed with the book, which was a quarto, before him, and dictated while Hector wrote'.

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1733 and 31 Dec 1733

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Oxford

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:

Samuel Johnson

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

18 Sep 1709

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

writer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

Mr Hector, who transcribed what he wrote


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Jeronimo Lobo

Title:

Voyage to Abyssinia , A

Genre:

Geography / Travel

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

20725

Source:

Print

Author:

James Boswell

Editor:

R. W. Chapman

Title:

Life of Johnson

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1980

Vol:

n/a

Page:

62

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

James Boswell, R. W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson , (Oxford, 1980), p. 62, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=20725, accessed: 01 March 2021


Additional Comments:

Originally published 1791. Reading in order to translate.

   
   
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