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Record Number: 5985


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'She used passages from Defoe's "Tour through the whole island of Great Britain" to prepare her two boys for a visit to Windsor Castle in 1792: "I did it", she wrote, "that they might have their observation raised when we carried them there. There is a great difference between showing and seeing - the one is merely Corporeal the other unites the mental to the bodily powers and lays in a stock of ideas". [reading aloud for didactic purposes].

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

19 Aug 1792

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

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:

Anna Larpent

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

1758

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Diplomat's daughter and civil servant's wife

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

Larpent's two sons


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Daniel Defoe

Title:

Tour through the whole island of Great Britain

Genre:

Geography / Travel

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

5985

Source:

Print

Author:

John Brewer

Editor:

James Raven

Title:

The practice and representation of reading in England, essay entitled 'Reconstructing the reader'

Place of Publication:

Cambridge

Date of Publication:

1996

Vol:

n/a

Page:

241

Additional Comments:

Editors James Raven, Helen Small and Naomi Tadmor. Date 19 August 1792.

Citation:

John Brewer, James Raven (ed.), The practice and representation of reading in England, essay entitled 'Reconstructing the reader', (Cambridge, 1996), p. 241, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=5985, accessed: 30 November 2021


Additional Comments:

Brewer is drawing from Larpent's diary, Huntington Museum, HM 31201

   
   
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