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Record Number: 7998


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I sat up till two, as I did last night, to finish "Pride and Prejudice". This novel I consider as one of the most excellent of the works of our female novelists. Its merits lie in the characters, and in the perfectly colloquial style of the dialogue. Mrs. Bennet, the foolish mother, who cannot conceal her projects to get rid of her daughters, is capitally drawn. There is a thick-headed servile parson, also a masterly sketch. His stupid letters and her ridiculous speeches are as delightful as wit. The two daughters are well contrasted - the gentle and candid Jane and the lively but prejudiced Elizabeth, are both portraits, and the development of the passion between Elizabeth and the proud Darcy, who at first hate each other, is executed with skill and effect.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1819 and 12 Jan 1819

Country:

England

Time

n/anight

Place:

city: Bury St Edmunds

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:

Henry Crabb Robinson

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1775

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Lawyer

Religion:

Anglican

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Jane Austen

Title:

Pride and Prejudice

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

7998

Source:

Print

Author:

Henry Crabb Robinson

Editor:

Edith J. Morley

Title:

Henry Crabb Robinson on Books and their Writers

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1938

Vol:

1

Page:

227

Additional Comments:

Diary entry for 12 Jan 1819

Citation:

Henry Crabb Robinson, Edith J. Morley (ed.), Henry Crabb Robinson on Books and their Writers, (London, 1938), 1, p. 227, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=7998, accessed: 24 February 2020


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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