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Record Number: 19476


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'[your letter] has gratified a wish of more than twenty years standing. It is I think fully that time since I was for a great part of a very snowy winter the inhabitant of an old house in the country in a course of poetical study so very like that of your very admirably painted young poet that I could hardly help saying "thats me" when I was reading the tale to my family. Among the very few books which fell under my hands was a volume or two of Dodsley's Register one of which contained copious extracts from the "Village" & the "Library" particularly the conclusion of Book I of the former and an extract from the latter beginning with the desription of the old Romancers. [Scott describes how he memorised these but could not afford to buy the books themselves] You may therefore guess my sincere delight when I saw your poems at a later period assume the rank in the public estimation which they so well deserve'.

Century:

1700-1799, 1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1789 and 21 Oct 1812

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

other location: 'an old house in the country'

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:

Walter Scott

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

15 Aug 1771

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

writer

Religion:

n/a

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:

Dodsley

Title:

[Annual Register - extract of Crabbe's 'The Library']

Genre:

Poetry, Miscellany / Anthology, Reference / General works

Form of Text:

Print: Serial / periodical

Publication Details

1781 edition

Provenance

read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID:

19476

Source:

Print

Author:

George Crabbe

Editor:

Thomas Faulkner

Title:

Selected Letters and Journals of George Crabbe

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1985

Vol:

n/a

Page:

90-1

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

George Crabbe, Thomas Faulkner (ed.), Selected Letters and Journals of George Crabbe (Oxford, 1985), p. 90-1, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=19476, accessed: 23 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Assistant editor Rhonda Blair. Letter from Walter Scott to Crabbe. Scott writes that he was around 18 at the time.

   
   
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