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Record Number: 16552


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I liked Milman's books better than your scanty recommendation led me to expect- The gentleman is certainly a poet - he excells in description - the outlines of his pictures want charecter [sic] but his colouring is rich and brilliant, and on the whole his manner is very graceful - he fails sadly when he makes his personages speak and feel - however 'the Bright City' is not without heart - the episode of Lilian and Vortimer is very natural and pathetic, and Rowena's love is quite Byronical - I think if you have not read it, it is worth your time - How very presumptuous it is in me to attempt criticising such an Author as Milman!-'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

18 Oct 1822

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Ardachy, Fort Augustus
specific address: Family home

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 Baillie Welsh

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

14 Jul 1801

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Amateur writer

Occupation:

Amateur writer

Religion:

Christian - denomination unknown

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Henry Hart Milman

Title:

Samor, the Lord of the Bright City

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Published 1818

Provenance

borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID:

16552

Source:

Print

Author:

Jane Baillie Welsh

Editor:

C R Sanders

Title:

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle

Place of Publication:

Durham, South Carolina

Date of Publication:

1970

Vol:

2

Page:

178-179

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jane Baillie Welsh, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, South Carolina, 1970), 2, p. 178-179, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=16552, accessed: 26 May 2024


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from JBW to Thomas Carlyle, dated c.24 October, written at Haddington. Pages 178 - 181 in this edition. Date of reading experience surmised from Carlyle's letter to JBW 9 August 1822 in which he refers to sending her the Milman, and the date of this reply. Information on publication dates etc given in Editor's notes.

   
   
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