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Record Number: 28585


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Assure Mr Montagu, that his Book was the most delightful I have read for many days. Your hand also was visible in it. Why does he not publish more such?'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 13 Aug 1829 and 13 Nov 1829

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

specific address: Craigenputtoch

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:

Scotland

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Basil Montagu

Title:

Thoughts on Laughter By a Chancery Barrister

Genre:

Satire

Form of Text:

Unknown

Publication Details

First published 1830

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

28585

Source:

Print

Author:

Thomas Carlyle

Editor:

C. R. Sanders

Title:

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle

Place of Publication:

Durham, North Carolina

Date of Publication:

1970

Vol:

5

Page:

34

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas Carlyle, C. R. Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 5, p. 34, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=28585, accessed: 16 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from TC to Anna D B Montagu, dated 13th November 1829, written at Craigenputtoch, Dumfries. Pages 32-34 in this edition. Date range is an estimate. Title of book is given in Editor's notes; he cites this as the most likely book to which Carlyle refers, and that he would have been reading an advance copy (unsure whether print or mauscript), but says that it is also possible (though unlikely) that he refers to "Letters on the Bankrupt Laws to E B Sugden Esq", published 1829.

   
   
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