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Record Number: 6140


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'You will readily believe that I have not read much since I wrote to you. Roscoe's life of Lorenzo di'Medici - a work concerning which I shall only observe, in the words of the Auctioneer that it is "well worth any gentleman's perusal" - is the only thing almost that I recollect aught abo[ut.]'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 7 Nov 1818 and 26 Nov 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 Roscoe

Title:

Life of Lorenzo Di Medici, 2 vols

Genre:

Biography

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

First published Liverpool, 1795, 2 vols.

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

6140

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:

150

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. 150, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=6140, accessed: 01 March 2021


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from Thomas Carlyle to Robert Mitchell dated 27th November 1818. Pages 147 - 151 in this edition. Dates of reading experience based on the previous letter to Mitchell (dated 6th November) and the current one - Carlyle says that he has read the work between the letters.

   
   
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