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Record Number: 17576


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Miss James has lent me, and I have been reading Alphonsine - that is the two first volumes - and it has completely bewitched me - I was such an old Ass as to sit up last night till three o'clock, reading - and then snuffed out my candle, and went to bed by daylight., The perfect originality of the plan upon which the story is founded, enchants me - and difficult as such an idea was to developpe, Mde de Genlis I think has done justice to her own design - a felicity many authors fail in attaining. - Oh - (But now another day has passed, and I have finished the three volumes of Alphonsine - and the [underlined] last [end underlining] disgraces the two first - Such a pack of higgledy piggledy stuff, without interest, finish, or any attempt at probability, I never read - Whip the woman!-'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 25 Jun 1807 and 27 Jun 1807

Country:

England

Time

n/anight

Place:

city: London
specific address: Upper Seymour St

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:

writer

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:

[Madame] de Genlis

Title:

Alphonsine, ou la tendresse maternelle

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

in three volumes

Provenance

borrowed (other)
borrowed from Miss James


Source Information:

Record ID:

17576

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:

84

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Sarah Harriet Burney, Lorna J. Clark (ed.), Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney, the (Athens GA / London, 1997), p. 84, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=17576, accessed: 02 February 2023


Additional Comments:

letter to Charlotte Barrett 26th June 1807

   
   
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