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Record 2902

Reading Experience:

Dorothy Wordsworth's Grasmere Journal, Monday 21 December 1801: 'When we were at Thomas Ashburner's on Sunday Peggy talked about the [drunken] Queen of Patterdale ... We sate snugly round the fire. I read to them the Tale of Custance and the Syrian monarch, also some of the Prologues. It is the Man of Lawe's tale.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 21 Dec 1801
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: n/a
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:Dorothy Wordsworth
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 25 Dec 1771
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Church of England
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: Geoffrey Chaucer
Title: The Man of Law's Tale
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: in The Canterbury Tales
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 2902  
Source - Print  
  Author: Dorothy Wordsworth
  Editor: Helen Darbishire
  Title: Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1958
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 96
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Dorothy Wordsworth, Helen Darbishire (ed.), Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth (London, 1958), p. 96,, accessed: 28 May 2020

Additional comments:

Not clear whether account of reading refers to previous Sunday at Ashburners'', or to evening of Tuesday 21 December (at Dove Cottage?)



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