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Record Number: 6619


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I have no enthusiasm-cui bono? I always ask myself. It would be irksome, & impossible, in this state of my sheet, to criticise the elegant and ingenious rather than powerful or philosophical narrative which Horace Benedict Saussure gives of his journeys in the Alps. I am in the third quarto-'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 27 Nov 1818 and 8 Jan 1819

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Edinburgh

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:

Horace Benedict Saussure

Title:

Voyage dans les Alpes

Genre:

Geography / Travel

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Neuchatel, 1779-96

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

6619

Source:

Print

Author:

Thomas Carlyle

Editor:

CR Sanders

Title:

The Collected letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle

Place of Publication:

Durham, North Carolina

Date of Publication:

1970

Vol:

1

Page:

158

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas Carlyle, CR Sanders (ed.), The Collected letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 158, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=6619, accessed: 02 March 2021


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to James Johnston, dated 8th January 1819, written at Edinburgh. Pages 155-159 in this edition. Dates of reading based on his mentioning the work in a letter to Robert Mitchell dated 27th November 1818, in which he states that he has got the book and intends to read it, and the date of the current letter. Publication information given by Editor of this edition of Carlyle's letters.

   
   
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