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Record 17669

Reading Experience:

'Is it the third or the fifth book of Virgil you so much liked; I have taken to reading the third.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 20 Oct 1874
Country: Mainly Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Mainly Edinburgh
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:Robert Louis Stevenson
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Aspiring writer and intermittent law student
Religion: Church of Scotland (wavering)
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Mainly Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Virgil
Title: The Aeneid, Books III and probably V
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Probably the Latin text.
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17669  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford A. Booth
  Title: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 2
  Page: 65
  Additional comments: Letter 324, To Bob Stevenson, [20 October 1874]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The date in square brackets has been added by the editors

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 65,, accessed: 14 July 2020

Additional comments:

The number of Books mentioned excludes the Georgics and the Eclogues of Virgil, so this must refer to his Aeneid. Book III describes the wanderings of Aeneas and his Trojans after sailing from Troy, their various adventures (e.g. the Harpies, Polyphemus) and the death of Anchises. Book V concerns the funeral games for Anchises a year later.



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