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Record Number: 22193


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Dr. Burney related to Dr. Johnson the partiality which his writings had excited in a friend of Dr. Burney's, the late Mr. Bewley, well known in Norfolk by the name of the [italics] Philosopher of Massingham [end italics]: who, from the "Ramblers" and Plan of his "Dictionary", and long before the authour's fame was established by the "Dictionary" itself, or any other work, had conceived such a reverence for him, that he urgently begged Dr. Burney to give him the cover of the first letter he had received from him, as a relick of so estimable a writer.'

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Until: 15 Apr 1755

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 Bewley

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1726

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

writer and doctor

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:

Samuel Johnson

Title:

Plan of a Dictionary of the English Language

Genre:

Reference / General works, prospectus

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

22193

Source:

Print

Author:

James Boswell

Editor:

R.W. Chapman

Title:

Life of Johnson

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1980

Vol:

n/a

Page:

1169-70

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 1169-70, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=22193, accessed: 23 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Originally published 1791.

   
   
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