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Record Number: 55


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'My father is now reading the Midnight Bell, which he has got from the library, and mother sitting by the fire.'

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

24 Oct 1798

Country:

England

Time

evening: after 5:45pm

Place:

city: Dartford
specific address: Bull and George public house
location in dwelling: private sitting room

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

George Austen

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1731

Socio-Economic Group:

Clergy (includes all denominations)

Occupation:

clergyman

Religion:

Church of England

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

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

Jane Austen, Mrs Austen


Additional Comments:

Father of Jane Austen



Text Being Read:

Author:

Francis Lathom

Title:

Midnight Bell, a German Story, Founded on Incidents in Real Life

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

published 1798

Provenance

Borrowed (circulating library)


Source Information:

Record ID:

55

Source:

Print

Author:

Jane Austen

Editor:

Deirdre Le Faye

Title:

Jane Austen's Letters

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1995

Vol:

n/a

Page:

15

Additional Comments:

Letter from Jane to Cassandra Austen, 24 October 1798

Citation:

Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye (ed.), Jane Austen's Letters (Oxford, 1995), p. 15, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=55, accessed: 18 August 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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