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Record Number: 2902


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Dorothy Wordsworth's Grasmere Journal, Monday 21 December 1801: 'When we were at Thomas Ashburner's on Sunday Peggy talked about the [drunken] Queen of Patterdale ... We sate snugly round the fire. I read to them the Tale of Custance and the Syrian monarch, also some of the Prologues. It is the Man of Lawe's tale.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

21 Dec 1801

Country:

England

Time

evening

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:

Dorothy Wordsworth

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

25 Dec 1771

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

Church of England

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:

Geoffrey Chaucer

Title:

The Man of Law's Tale

Genre:

Poetry

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

in The Canterbury Tales

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

2902

Source:

Print

Author:

Dorothy Wordsworth

Editor:

Helen Darbishire

Title:

Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1958

Vol:

n/a

Page:

96

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Dorothy Wordsworth, Helen Darbishire (ed.), Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth (London, 1958), p. 96, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=2902, accessed: 30 January 2023


Additional Comments:

Not clear whether account of reading refers to previous Sunday at Ashburners'', or to evening of Tuesday 21 December (at Dove Cottage?)

   
   
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