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Record Number: 26863


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Sunday, 19 July 1829: 'I read the Spae-wife of Galt. There is something good in it and the language is occasionally very forcible but he has made his story difficult to understand by adopting a region of history little known and having many heroes of the same name whom it is not easy to keep separate in his memory. Some of the traits of the Spaewife who conceits herself to be a Changeling or Ta'en away is very good indeed. His highland Chief is a kind of Caliban and speaks like Caliban a jargon never spoken on earth but full of effect for all that.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

19 Jul 1829

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

specific address: Abbotsford

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:

Walter Scott

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1771

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

John Galt

Title:

The Spaewife

Genre:

Fiction, History

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

1823

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

26863

Source:

Print

Author:

Walter Scott

Editor:

W. E. K. Anderson

Title:

The Journal of Sir Walter Scott

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1972

Vol:

n/a

Page:

587

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Walter Scott, W. E. K. Anderson (ed.), The Journal of Sir Walter Scott, (Oxford, 1972), p. 587, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=26863, accessed: 13 June 2024


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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