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Record Number: 23648


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I walked into Robson's Shop the other day, and seeing a very fine Virgil was tempted to open it with something of Superstitious Intention by way of trying the "Sortes Virgilanae": the Book spontaneously open'd where Turnus welcomes Camilla, and fixing his fine Eyes upon her cries out with a mixture of Admiration & Gratitude Oh Decus Italiae &c. I thought it a good omen'.

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Until: 28 Mar 1783

Country:

England

Time

daytime

Place:

specific address: Robson's book shop

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 Lynch Thrale

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

27 Jan 1741

Socio-Economic Group:

Gentry

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

Wales

Country of Experience:

England

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Virgil

Title:

Aeneid

Genre:

Classics, Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

in latin

Provenance

read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID:

23648

Source:

Print

Author:

Hester Lynch Thrale

Editor:

Katharine C. Balderston

Title:

Thraliana

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1951

Vol:

I

Page:

560-1

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Hester Lynch Thrale, Katharine C. Balderston (ed.), Thraliana, (Oxford, 1951), I, p. 560-1, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=23648, accessed: 25 June 2024


Additional Comments:

This was during Mrs Thrale's romance with Piozzi and their separation

   
   
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