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Record Number: 27964


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'[William] Godwin, no mean judge of a novel's excellence, could not help lamenting the fewness of [Elizabeth Inchbald's] productions. On reading the MS. of "Nature and Art," he wrote to her: "It seems to me that the drama puts shackles upon you, and that the compression it requires prevents your genius from expanding itself."'

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1790 and 31 Dec 1791

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 Godwin

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1756

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

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:

Elizabeth Inchbald

Title:

Nature and Art

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Manuscript: Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

27964

Source:

Print

Author:

Julia Kavanagh

Editor:

n/a

Title:

English Women of Letters: Biographical Sketches

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1863

Vol:

2

Page:

19

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Julia Kavanagh, English Women of Letters: Biographical Sketches (London, 1863), 2, p. 19, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=27964, accessed: 19 January 2022


Additional Comments:

Inchbald was also an actress and dramatist.

   
   
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