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Record 17965

Reading Experience:

'You want to know what I think of the "Diary". I wil tell you fairly & impartially. after wading with pain and sorrow through the tautology and vanity of the first volume, I began to be amused by the second, and every suceeding volume has, to my thinking, encreased in power to interest & entertain. That there is still considerable vanity I cannot deny. In her life, she bottled it all up, & looked and generally spoke with the most refined modesty, & seemed ready to drop if ever her works were alluded to. But what was kept back, and scarcely suspected in society, wanting a safety valve, found its way to her private journal. Thence, had Mrs Barrett been judicious, she would have trundled it out, by half quires, and even whole quires at a time'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 30 Jan 1842
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Cheltenham
specific address: Belgrave House
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:Sarah Harriet Burney
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 29 Aug 1772
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Frances (Burney) d'Arblay
Title: Diary and letters of Madame d'Arblay
Genre: Autobiog / Diary, Letters
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 17965  
Source - Print  
  Author: Sarah Harriet Burney
  Editor: Lorna J. Clark
  Title: Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney, The
  Place of Publication: Athens GA / London
  Date of Publication: 1997
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 463
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Sarah Harriet Burney, Lorna J. Clark (ed.), Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney, The (Athens GA / London, 1997), p. 463,, accessed: 07 July 2020

Additional comments:

Letter to Henry Crabb Robinson, 9th December 1842 but text first discussed in letter to Anna (Wilbraham) Grosvenor on 30th January-6th February 1842. Book was edited by Madame d'Arblay's niece (and SHB's favourite correspondent), Charlotte Barrett.



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