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Record 18294

Reading Experience:

'Talking of books, we have lately had a literary Sun shine forth upon us here, before whom our former luminaries must hide their diminished heads - a Mr Shelley, of University College, who lives upon arsenic, aqua-fortis, half-an-hour's sleep in the night, and is desperately in love with the memory of Margaret Nicholson. He hath published, what he terms, the Posthumous Poems, printed for the benefit of Mr Peter Finnerty; which, I am grieved to say, though stuffed full of treason, are extremely dull; but the author is a great genius, and, if he be not clapped up in Bedlam or hanged, will certainly prove one of the sweetest swans on the tuneful margin of the Charwell'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 15 Mar 1811
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Oxford
specific address: Christ Church College
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:Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1781
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: archaeologist / antiquarian
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley
Title: Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book, Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18294  
Source - Print  
  Author: Lady Charlotte Bury
  Editor: A. Francis Steuart
  Title: Diary of a Lady-in-Waiting, The
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1908
  Vol: I
  Page: 35
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Lady Charlotte Bury, A. Francis Steuart (ed.), Diary of a Lady-in-Waiting, The (London, 1908), I, p. 35,, accessed: 19 August 2019

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