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Record Number: 27968


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'We know comparatively little of [Jane Austen's] literary tastes. Some are peculiar. Her fondness for the gentle, close truth and quiet power of Cowper is consistent; but it is perplexing to find that the grave, moral, austere Dr. Johnson was her favourite prose writer. The coarseness of Fielding she could not forgive, and though she admired "Sir Charles Grandison," she thought Richardson tedious.'

Century:

1700-1799, 1800-1849

Date:

unknown

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:

Jane Austen

Age:

Unknown

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

1775

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

Church of England

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

n/a

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Cowper

Title:

n/a

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

27968

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:

182

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Julia Kavanagh, English Women of Letters: Biographical Sketches (London, 1863), 2, p. 182, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=27968, accessed: 17 January 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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