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Record Number: 27152


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

William Gifford to John Murray (1815): 'I have for the first time looked into "Pride and Prejudice;" and it is really a very pretty thing. No dark passages; no secret chambers; no wind-howlings in long galleries; no drops of blood upon a rusty dagger -- things that should now be left to ladies' maids and sentimental washerwomen.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1815 and 29 Sep 1815

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:

Wiliam Gifford

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1757

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

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:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Jane Austen

Title:

Pride and Prejudice

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

27152

Source:

Print

Author:

Samuel Smiles

Editor:

n/a

Title:

A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1891

Vol:

1

Page:

282

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray (London, 1891), 1, p. 282, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=27152, accessed: 01 December 2022


Additional Comments:

Copy of text sent to Gifford by Murray, to help him decide whether to publish author's Emma; see p.282.

   
   
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