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Benjamin Dockray


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William Godwin : Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

"Benjamin Dockray ... acquired a copy of Godwin's Memoirs [of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman] secondhand in 1860 and settled down to read it for the first time. His ownership inscription is dated 16 August 1860. He was a methodical reader who recorded on the first page the date at which he began reading (18 August) and on the last page ... the date of finishing (24 September) ... Dockray's routine [pencilled] annotation includes plentiful underlining, setting-off of passages with lines and exclamation marks, small stylistic corrections, and [internal and external] cross-references ... [discussion continues]"

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Benjamin Dockray      Print: Book


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