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Record Number: 7999


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'In the evening read the last volume of "Emma", a novel evincing great good sense, and an acute observation of human life, but it is not interesting. One cares little for Harriet, the kind-hearted girl who falls in love with three men in a year, and yet hers is the best conceived character after all. Emma, the heroine, is little more than a clever woman who does foolish things - makes mistakes for others, and is at last caught unawares herself. We hear rather too much about fools: the kind-hearted but weak father, the silly chattering Miss Bates, who gabbles in the style of polite conversation, and the vulgar impertinence of the Eltons.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

20 Apr 1822

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:

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:

Emma

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

7999

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:

282

Additional Comments:

Diary entry for 20 April 1822

Citation:

Henry Crabb Robinson, Edith J. Morley (ed.), Henry Crabb Robinson on Books and their Writers, (London, 1938), 1, p. 282, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=7999, accessed: 20 February 2020


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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