Switch to English Switch to French

The Open University  |   Study at the OU  |   About the OU  |   Research at the OU  |   Search the OU

Listen to this page  |   Accessibility

the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

Reading Experience Database UK Historical image of readers
 
 
 
 

Record Number: 4421


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

It is long since I told you that I had begun Wallace, and that foreign studies had cast him into the shade. The same causes still obstruct my progress You will perhaps be surprised that I am even now no farther advanced than the 'circle of curvature'. I have found his demonstrations circuitous but generally rigorous.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 4 Sep 1817 and 15 Feb 1818

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Kirkcaldy (probably)

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:

Thomas Carlyle

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

4 Dec 1795

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer / Academic

Religion:

Lapsed Calvinist

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

William Wallace

Title:

'Fluxions' in Encyclopedia Britannica

Genre:

Essays / Criticism, Mathematics

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Published in Edinburgh, publication date of this edition unknown

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

4421

Source:

Print

Author:

Thomas Carlyle

Editor:

C R Sanders

Title:

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle

Place of Publication:

Durham, South Carolina

Date of Publication:

1970

Vol:

1

Page:

120

Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to Robert Mitchell, dated 16th February 1818, written at Kirkcaldy. Pages 118-122 in this edition.

Citation:

Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, (Durham, South Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 120, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=4421, accessed: 02 March 2021


Additional Comments:

See RED ref 2918 for earlier reference to this work in letter dated 25th September 1817. Dates of reading experience are estimate based on when he refers to first reading it, until date of this letter. He does not say when or where exactly he reads it.

   
   
Green Turtle Web Design