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Record Number: 10354


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'He [Edward Austen] made an important purchase Yesterday; no less than a pair of Coach Horses; his friend Mr Evelyn found them out & recommended them, & if the judgement of a Yahoo can ever be depended on, I suppose it may now, for I beleive [sic] Mr Evelyn has all his life thought more of Horses than of anything else.'

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Steventon
county: Hampshire

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:

Jane Austen

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

16 Dec 1775

Socio-Economic Group:

Clergy (includes all denominations)
daughter of clergyman

Occupation:

Novelist

Religion:

Anglican

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Jonathan Swift

Title:

Gulliver's Travels

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

10354

Source:

Print

Author:

Jane Austen

Editor:

Deirdre LeFaye

Title:

Jane Austen's Letters

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1995

Vol:

n/a

Page:

47

Additional Comments:

Letter from Jane to Cassandra Austen, Wednesday 19 June, 1799, from 13, Queen Square, Bath.

Citation:

Jane Austen, Deirdre LeFaye (ed.), Jane Austen's Letters (Oxford, 1995), p. 47, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=10354, accessed: 17 January 2022


Additional Comments:

Austen's familiar and apt allusion to a "Yahoo" presupposes that she had read "Gulliver's Travels".

   
   
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