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Record Number: 5059


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

I send you by George (who in Fred?s absence on business, is kind enough to be the bearer of this) the volume which contains the Life of Savage. I have turned down the leaf. Now do read it attentively; if you do, I know from your excellent understanding you will be delighted. If you slur it, you will think it dry.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Oct 1835 and 31 Oct 1835

Country:

UK

Time

morning
afternoon
evening
daytime
night

Place:

London

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:

Charles Dickens

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

7 Feb 1812

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

Journalist, writer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

UK

Country of Experience:

UK

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Samuel Johnson

Title:

An account of the life of Mr. Richard Savage

Genre:

Biography

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Originally published 1744

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

5059

Source:

Print

Author:

Charles Dickens

Editor:

Madeline House

Title:

The letters of Charles Dickens

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1965

Vol:

1

Page:

85

Additional Comments:

Additional editor: Graham Storey. The Pilgrim edition. Letter to Catherine Hogarth from Charles Dickens dated 29/10/1835.

Citation:

Charles Dickens, Madeline House (ed.), The letters of Charles Dickens, (Oxford, 1965), 1, p. 85, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=5059, accessed: 06 March 2021


Additional Comments:

Although this does not prove that Catherine Hogarth read the book, the very fact that Dickens advised her to do so indicates that he himself has read it.

   
   
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