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Record Number: 7530


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'It is the rainy evening of a dull day which I have spent in reading a little of Klopstock's Messiah (for the man Jardine, who broke his engagement); and in looking over the inflated work of 'Squire Bristed on "America and her resources". "Vivacity", therefore, on my part, is quite out of the question-'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

31 May 1819

Country:

Scotland

Time

morning
afternoon

Place:

city: Mainhill

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:

Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock

Title:

Messiah

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Halle, 1748-73, 4 vols

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

7530

Source:

Print

Author:

Thomas Carlyle

Editor:

C R Sanders

Title:

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle

Place of Publication:

Durham, North Carolina

Date of Publication:

1970

Vol:

1

Page:

178

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 178, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=7530, accessed: 27 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to Robert Mitchell, dated 31st May 1819, written at Mainhill. Pages 178 - 180 in this edition. Information about the work are given in the editor's notes.

   
   
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