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Record 19560

Reading Experience:

'A spendid constellation of Poets arose in the literary horizon - I looked around for Crabbe - Why does not he, who shines as brightly as any of these, add his lustre? - I had not long thought thus when, in an Edinburgh Review, I met with reflections similar to my own, which introduced the Parish Register - Oh, it was like the sweet voice of a long-lost friend! - and glad was I to hear that voice again in the Burrough! - still more in the tales, which appear to me excelling all that preceded them - Every work is so much in unison with our own feelings, that a wish [underlined twice] for information [end underlining] concerning them & their author, received into our hearts, is strongly excited'. [Mary Leabeter later says that wishing to confirm her belief that 'the pictures are drawn from life' motivated her to write]
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 7 Nov 1816
Country: Ireland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Ballitore
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:Mary Leadbeter
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1758
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Ireland
Country of experience: Ireland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [n/a]
Title: Edinburgh Review
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 19560  
Source - Print  
  Author: George Crabbe
  Editor: Thomas Faulkner
  Title: Selected Letters and Journals of George Crabbe
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1985
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 195
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: George Crabbe, Thomas Faulkner (ed.), Selected Letters and Journals of George Crabbe (Oxford, 1985), p. 195,, accessed: 19 February 2020

Additional comments:

Assistant editor Rhonda Blair. Letter from Mary Leadbeter to George Crabbe



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