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Record Number: 22465


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'when talking on the subject of prayer [to Johnson on his deathbed], Dr. Brocklesby repeated from Juvenal,-- "Orandum est, ut sit mens sana in corpore sano", and so on to the end of the tenth satire; but in running it quickly over, he happened, in the line, "Qui spatium vitae; extremum inter munera ponat", to pronounce supremum for extremum; at which Johnson's critical ear instantly took offence, and discoursing vehemently on the unmetrical effect of such a lapse, he shewed himself as full as ever of the spirit of the grammarian'.

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Until: 13 Dec 1784

Country:

n/a

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:

Dr Brocklesby

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

doctor

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

n/a

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

Johnson's physician



Text Being Read:

Author:

Juvenal

Title:

Tenth Satire

Genre:

Classics, Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

22465

Source:

Print

Author:

James Boswell

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Life of Johnson

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1980

Vol:

n/a

Page:

1379

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 1379, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=22465, accessed: 17 January 2022


Additional Comments:

Original date of publication 1791

   
   
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