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Record Number: 13912


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Letter to Collector MacVicar, May 28 1773 'Since I wrote to you last, I have been most intent on biography, and quite engrossed by heroes and legislatures' [and later in same letter] 'You bid me read biography, to teach me to think; I have thought and here is the result [ie re Peter the Great]. If I have not made you very angry, I will next give my thought of this rival hero.'[and in the following two letters to same recipient May 30 and June 20 1773] 'The poor dear Odyssey is quite neglected; I have forsaken it for biography; I can speak of nobody less than a king or a general, and shall take the first opportunity of introducing you to prince Mazeppa. Tweed and Clyde are not worth a farthing now, I can think of nothing but Dneiper and the Boristhenes. I have some toleration too for the Wolga [sic]. "Oh voman [sic], voman!" as Win Jenkins says, " If you knew but the plesur [sic] we scullers have when we censter the crabbit werds." ?'; [and] ... 'To quit the flowery paths of ingenious fiction [ie the Vicar of Wakefield] for the thorny maze in which I am slowly advancing, [ie a biography of Cromwell] is no pleasing transition to female fancy?.'

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Between 1755 and 28 May 1773

Country:

unknown

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:

Anne Grant [nee MacVicar]

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

1755

Socio-Economic Group:

Clergy (includes all denominations)

Occupation:

Wife/Widow of Church of Scotland minister then author

Religion:

Church of Scotland

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

unknown

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

unknown

Title:

[Biographies including ones of Peter the Great and of Oliver Cromwell]

Genre:

Biography

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

13912

Source:

Print

Author:

Anne Grant

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Letters from the mountains; being the real correspondence of a lady, between the year 1773 and 1807

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1807

Vol:

1

Page:

pp121-9; p.142; p149

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Anne Grant, Letters from the mountains; being the real correspondence of a lady, between the year 1773 and 1807 (London, 1807), 1, p. pp121-9; p.142; p149, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=13912, accessed: 04 July 2022


Additional Comments:

Date range given as birth to date of letter

   
   
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