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the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

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Annabella Milbanke : [poems]

Byron to Lady Caroline Lamb, 1 May 1812: 'I have read over the few poems of Miss Milbank with attention ... A friend of mine (fifty years old & an author but not Rogers) has just been here, as there is no name to the MSS I shewed them to him, & he was much more enthusiastic in his praises than I have been ... '

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: [friend of Byron's, probably Dallas] anon      Manuscript: Unknown


Charles Mackay (ed) : A Thousand and One Gems of English Poetry

"[In Lark Rise to Candleford (1947)] Flora Thompson recollected young Willie, whose family were village carpenters, being fond of reading, including poetry: 'somehow he had got posession of an old shattered copy of an anthology called A Thousand and One Gems', which he read aloud with her, sitting under nut trees at the bottom of the garden, in the 1890s."

Century: 1850-1899 / 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Willie anon      Print: Book


 : The British Weekly

On readers of William Robertson Nicoll's British Weekly: " ... [a] Lancashire man ... started reading the British Weekly as a newspaper boy, which 'gave me the taste for forming my own library ...'"

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: [a Lancashire man] anon      Print: Serial / periodical


William Cobbett : Political Register

'A customer of Old Willy's in the Leather and nail line, telling us he had heard Cobbett's register read lately, where he says in about a year or perhaps rather more from this time wheat will be at 3s 6d or 4s pr Bushell; I told him that I had heard that Cobbett was a false prophet...'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: [A customer of Old Willy's in the Leather and nail line] anon      Print: Serial / periodical


Thomas Babington Macaulay : Lay of the Battle of Lake Regillus

Elizabeth Missing Sewell, in letter to '_____', from Albano, April 1861 [re Remains of Roman theatre at Tusculum]: 'The seats of this Theatre are quite perfect [...] We sat down there, and L -- read out Macaulay's Lay of the Battle of Lake Regillus.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group:      Print: Book


Jane Scott : Trevelyan

'I had a letter from Ly. -- on Tuesday that gave me great content, for I, like you, felt a little afraid that the Lady Augusta might give offence. However, her withers are altogether unwrung, and she speaks of "Trevelyan" just as I could wish, enumerating all her bothers and businesses, but saying she cannot resist taking it up at odd times, "it is so very, very interesting!!" She has not yet come to the end; however, this has quite dispelled my fears. For that matter, when we all read "Emma" together at poor Bothwell - the duchess one - we could not help laughing a little more at the devotion of father and daughter to their respective apothecaries, and all the coddling that ensued from it, but we did not find that it struck the devotees in existence. People are so used to themselves! One of Foote's most comical farces represented to the life a certain Mr. Ap. Rees, whom, as old people told me, it did not in the least exaggerate. They swore to having heard him utter the very things the farce put in his mouth. But he himself never found it out. He was intimate with Foote, read the play, told him it was d- stupid and would not suceed, wondered it did, yet went to it and laughed for company, till some good-natured friend informed him he was the person ridiculed; then he went in a rage to the Lord Chamberlain and desired it might be suppressed'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Lady [anon]      Print: Book


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