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Record Number: 17565


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'So you are in correspondence with Mrs piozzi? Enviable Mortal! - Do you know I am, at this present writing, stark staring mad for love [of] her. I have been reading her Journey through France and Italy, and nothing that I ever luxuriously licked my lips over, ever delighted me half so much. The book is one huge mass of entertainment from beginning to end - And written in such an unaffected spirit of Christian charity for the errors of mankind - breathing such candour, chearfulness and good nature, that I quite adore her. She uses various quaint phrazes, very comical and expressive; but somewhat odd "somehow" (as she says) till one gets accustomed to her style. The original poetry thinly scattered through the work, I do not admire. But a woman cannot have every excellence of heart and genius. She has enough to satisfy a more fastidious spirit than mine'.

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Until: 20 Nov 1806

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

county: Cheshire
specific address: Delamere Lodge

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:

Sarah Harriet Burney

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

29 Aug 1772

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

governess, later 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:

Hester Lynch Piozzi

Title:

Observations and Reflections made in the course of a journey through FRance, Italy and Germany

Genre:

Geography / Travel

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

17565

Source:

Print

Author:

Sarah Harriet Burney

Editor:

Lorna J. Clark

Title:

Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney, The

Place of Publication:

Athens GA / London

Date of Publication:

1997

Vol:

n/a

Page:

73-4

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Sarah Harriet Burney, Lorna J. Clark (ed.), Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney, The (Athens GA / London, 1997), p. 73-4, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=17565, accessed: 02 February 2023


Additional Comments:

Letter to Charlotte Francis, 20th November 1806.

   
   
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