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Record Number: 17669


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Is it the third or the fifth book of Virgil you so much liked; I have taken to reading the third.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Until: 20 Oct 1874

Country:

Mainly Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Mainly Edinburgh

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:

Robert Louis Stevenson

Age:

Unknown

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

13 Nov 1850

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Aspiring writer and intermittent law student

Religion:

Church of Scotland (wavering)

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Mainly Scotland

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Virgil

Title:

The Aeneid, Books III and probably V

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Probably the Latin text.

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

17669

Source:

Print

Author:

Robert Louis Stevenson

Editor:

Bradford A. Booth

Title:

The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879

Place of Publication:

New Haven and London

Date of Publication:

1994

Vol:

2

Page:

65

Additional Comments:

Letter 324, To Bob Stevenson, [20 October 1874]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The date in square brackets has been added by the editors

Citation:

Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 65, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=17669, accessed: 24 June 2024


Additional Comments:

The number of Books mentioned excludes the Georgics and the Eclogues of Virgil, so this must refer to his Aeneid. Book III describes the wanderings of Aeneas and his Trojans after sailing from Troy, their various adventures (e.g. the Harpies, Polyphemus) and the death of Anchises. Book V concerns the funeral games for Anchises a year later.

   
   
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