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Record Number: 18982


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'The other afternoon, as I was lying dozing in a brown study after dinner, a lord's lackey knocked at the door and delivered me a little blue parcel, requiring for it a ntoe of delivery. I opened it, and found two pretty stitched little books, and a letter from - Goethe! I copy it from the fractur [Gothic script] hand it was written in, and send it for your edification. The patriarchal style of it pleases me much.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 10 Dec 1824 and 17 Dec 1824

Country:

England

Time

afternoon

Place:

city: London
specific address: 23 Southampton Street

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:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Title:

private letter

Genre:

Letters

Form of Text:

Manuscript: Letter

Publication Details

N/A

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

18982

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:

3

Page:

225-226

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas Carlyle, CR Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 3, p. 225-226, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=18982, accessed: 06 May 2021


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from Thomas Carlyle to John A. Carlyle dated 18 December 1824, written at 23 Southampton Street. Date range is estimate based on date of this letter.

   
   
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