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Record Number: 21564


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Oct. 25. Wednesday. I went with the Prior to St. Cloud, to see Dr. Hooke.—We walked round the palace, and had some talk.—I dined with our whole company at the Monastery.—In the library, "Beroald",—"Cymon",—"Titus", from Boccace.—"Oratio Proverbialis" to the Virgin, from Petrarch; Falkland to Sandys;—Dryden's Preface to the third vol. of Miscellanies.' [Boswell's footnote: 'He means, I suppose, that he read those different pieces, while he remained in the library'.]

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

25 Oct 1775

Country:

France

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Versailles
specific address: library at St Cloud

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:

Anglican

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

France

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Petrarch

Title:

[unknown oration]

Genre:

Unknown

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

read in situ
in the library at St Cloud Monastery


Source Information:

Record ID:

21564

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:

653-4

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson, (Oxford, 1980), p. 653-4, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=21564, accessed: 01 March 2021


Additional Comments:

Original date of publication 1791. Johnson was in France with the Thrales.

   
   
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