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Record Number: 21399


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

James Spedding to W. H. Thompson, 1834: 'Wordsworth's eyes are better, but not so well [...] Reading inflames them, and so does composing. I believe it was a series of Highland sonnets that brought on the last attack [...] He read me several, that I had not seen or heard before, many of them admirably good: also a long romantic wizard and fairy poem, of the time of Merlin and king Arthur, very pretty but not of the first order: but I should not have expected anything so good from him which was so much out of his beat.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1834 and 31 Dec 1834

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

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:

William Wordsworth

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1770

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

Anglican

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

James Spedding


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

William Wordsworth

Title:

'Highland sonnets'

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Manuscript: Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

owned


Source Information:

Record ID:

21399

Source:

Print

Author:

Hallam Tennyson

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1897

Vol:

1

Page:

133

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Hallam Tennyson, Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son (London, 1897), 1, p. 133, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=21399, accessed: 02 March 2024


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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