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Record Number: 8596


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'This morning we had from the Library the Maid of Arragon, a Tale by Mrs. Cowley, ? & Mrs. Thrale began reading it aloud, ? & the first thing was a [ital]poetical address [ital] to her Father!'

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

14 Apr 1780

Country:

England

Time

morning

Place:

city: Bath
county: Somerset
specific address: South Parade

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:

Hester Thrale

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

1741

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

wife of Henry Thrale, MP

Religion:

Christian

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

Frances Burney


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Hannah Cowley

Title:

The Maid of Arragon

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

London, 1780

Provenance

Borrowed (circulating library)


Source Information:

Record ID:

8596

Source:

Print

Author:

Fanny Burney

Editor:

Betty Rizzo

Title:

The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney

Place of Publication:

Oxford: Clarendon Press

Date of Publication:

2003

Vol:

IV

Page:

57

Additional Comments:

Letter from Fanny Burney to Susanna Elizabeth Burney dated 9-20 April [1780], from Bath. This event- April 14 Burney's informant is Dr Johnson

Citation:

Fanny Burney, Betty Rizzo (ed.), The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2003), IV, p. 57, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=8596, accessed: 09 December 2022


Additional Comments:

The dedicatory verses are similar to Burney's dedicatory poem in 'Evelina'.

   
   
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