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Record Number: 1179


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

"Christopher Wordsworth Jr. wrote of W[ordsworth]: 'The week before he took his degree he passed his time in reading Clarissa Harlowe.'"

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1791 and 31 Dec 1791

Country:

England

Time

n/a

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:

William Wordsworth

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

7 Apr 1770

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

n/a

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:

Samuel Richardson

Title:

Clarissa

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

1179

Source:

Print

Author:

Duncan Wu

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799

Place of Publication:

Cambridge

Date of Publication:

1993

Vol:

n/a

Page:

117

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799 (Cambridge, 1993), p. 117, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=1179, accessed: 03 December 2022


Additional Comments:

From entry 208 of Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799; quote from Christopher Wordsworth, Memoirs of William Wordsworth (2 vols, 1851) vol. 1 p.48. On this evidence Wu suggests possible reading dates of 10-16 January 1791.

   
   
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