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Record 21169

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'He talked with approbation of an intended edition of "The Spectator," with notes; two volumes of which had been prepared by a gentleman eminent in the literary world, and the materials which he had collected for the remainder had been transferred to another hand. He observed, that all works which describe manners require notes in sixty or seventy years, or less; and told us he had communicated all he knew that could throw light upon "The Spectator." He said, "Addison had made his Sir Andrew Freeport a true Whig, arguing against giving charity to beggars, and throwing out other such ungracious sentiments; but that he had thought better, and made amends by making him found an hospital for decayed farmers." He called for the volume of "The Spectator," in which that account is contained, and read it aloud to us. He read so well that every thing acquired additional weight and grace from his utterance.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Until: 3 Apr 1773
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: specific address: home of the Thrales
location in dwelling
   
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:Samuel Johnson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 18 Sep 1709
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: Anglican
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
James Boswell, the Thrales and others
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Joseph Addison
Title: Spectator, The
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ
read at the Thrales' home

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 21169  
Source - Print  
  Author: James Boswell
  Editor: R.W. Chapman
  Title: Life of Johnson
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1980
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 509
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 509, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=21169, accessed: 21 July 2019

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791.

 

 

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