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Record Number: 5123


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Moore's Lallah Rookh & Byron's Childe Harold canto fourth formed an odd mixture with these speculations. It was foolish, you may think, to exchange the truths of philosophy, for the airy nothings of these sweet singers: but I could not help it. Do not fear that I will spend some time in criticising the tulip-cheek.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 25 Apr 1818 and 25 May 1818

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Kirkcaldy

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:

George Gordon Lord Byron

Title:

Childe Harold (Canto IV)

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

First published 28th April 1818.

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

5123

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:

129

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, (Durham, South Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 129, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=5123, accessed: 02 March 2021


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to Robert Mitchell, dated 25th May 1818, written at Kirkcaldy. Pages 126 - 130 in this edition. Estimated dates of reading experience based on a reference that Carlyle makes in a letter to James Johnston dated 30th April 1818, that Mitchell came to stay with him 'the other week'.

   
   
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