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Record Number: 1246


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Here I am reading Virgil?s delightful Georgics for the first time. They really attune perfectly well with the plains and climate of Naseby. Valpy (whose edition I have) cannot quite follow Virgil?s plough?in its construction at least. But the main acts of agriculture seem to have changed very little, and the alternation of green and corn crops is a good dodge. And while I heard the fellows going out with their horses to plough as I sat at breakfast this morning, I also read? Libra die somnique pares ubi fecerit horas, Et medium luci atque umbris jam dividit orbem, Exercete, viri, tauros, serite hordea campis Usque sub extremum brum? intractabilis imbrem. One loves Virgil somehow.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

20 Sep 1842

Country:

England

Time

morning: At breakfast

Place:

city: Northampton
specific address: Naseby, Welford

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:

Edward Fitzgerald

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

31 Mar 1809

Socio-Economic Group:

Gentry

Occupation:

Poet and translator

Religion:

Christian

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:

Virgil

Title:

Georgics

Genre:

Classics, Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Valpy's edition (not in translation)

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

1246

Source:

Print

Author:

Edward Fitzgerald

Editor:

William Aldis Wright

Title:

Letters of Edward Fitzgerald in 2 volumes

Place of Publication:

London & New York

Date of Publication:

1894, repr. 1901

Vol:

1

Page:

134

Additional Comments:

Edward FitzGerald to W. F. Pollock (written from Naseby, Welford, Northampton), 20th September 1842

Citation:

Edward Fitzgerald, William Aldis Wright (ed.), Letters of Edward Fitzgerald in 2 volumes (London & New York, 1894, repr. 1901), 1, p. 134, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=1246, accessed: 02 December 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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