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Record Number: 28221


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

[Catherine Talbot to Elizabeth Carter, 17 September 1760:] 'I have picked up a very strange [book], but which, with some faults that would make it dangerous to some sort of people, and some excellencies in it that would make it excessively despised by others, has a great deal of merit. It is written by the author of Robinson Crusoe, and called "The Family Instructor," and is so engaging, that when I had once taken it up I knew not how to lay it down again, and have recommended it to my mother as an amusing book, that with all her nicety of taste will not set her to sleep.'

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Between 1 Sep 1760 and 17 Sep 1760

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Lambeth

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:

Catherine Talbot

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

16 May 1721

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Daniel Defoe

Title:

The Family Instructor

Genre:

Reference / General works

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

28221

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Montagu Pennington

Title:

A Series of Letters between Mrs Elizabeth Carter and Miss Catherine Talbot, from the year 1741 to 1770. To which are added, Letters from Mrs Elizabeth Carter to Mrs Vesey, between the years 1763 and 1787

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1809

Vol:

2

Page:

351

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Montagu Pennington (ed.), A Series of Letters between Mrs Elizabeth Carter and Miss Catherine Talbot, from the year 1741 to 1770. To which are added, Letters from Mrs Elizabeth Carter to Mrs Vesey, between the years 1763 and 1787, (London, 1809), 2, p. 351, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=28221, accessed: 30 November 2021


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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