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Record Number: 21169


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'He talked with approbation of an intended edition of "The Spectator," with notes; two volumes of which had been prepared by a gentleman eminent in the literary world, and the materials which he had collected for the remainder had been transferred to another hand. He observed, that all works which describe manners require notes in sixty or seventy years, or less; and told us he had communicated all he knew that could throw light upon "The Spectator." He said, "Addison had made his Sir Andrew Freeport a true Whig, arguing against giving charity to beggars, and throwing out other such ungracious sentiments; but that he had thought better, and made amends by making him found an hospital for decayed farmers." He called for the volume of "The Spectator," in which that account is contained, and read it aloud to us. He read so well that every thing acquired additional weight and grace from his utterance.'

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Until: 3 Apr 1773

Country:

England

Time

evening

Place:

specific address: home of the Thrales
location in dwelling

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:

Samuel Johnson

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

18 Sep 1709

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

writer

Religion:

Anglican

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

James Boswell, the Thrales and others


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Joseph Addison

Title:

Spectator, The

Genre:

Essays / Criticism

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

read in situ
read at the Thrales' home


Source Information:

Record ID:

21169

Source:

Print

Author:

James Boswell

Editor:

R.W. Chapman

Title:

Life of Johnson

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1980

Vol:

n/a

Page:

509

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson, (Oxford, 1980), p. 509, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=21169, accessed: 09 May 2021


Additional Comments:

Originally published 1791.

   
   
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