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Record Number: 5971


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Staying at a house in Kings Thorpe, Northamptonshire in 1780, Anna began reading "Les milles et une nuits" after a conversation about imaginative literature with the Bishop of Llandaff. He "recommended the Reading these Arabian inventions as lively pictures of the government, religion, manners, prejudices of the eastern nations, & further talked on them as genuine translations from the Arabic. I own I was entertained with them in this light."'

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

19 Feb

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:

Anna Larpent

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

1758

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Diplomat's daughter and civil servant's wife

Religion:

unknown

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:

Title:

Les mille et une nuits

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

5971

Source:

Print

Author:

John Brewer

Editor:

James Raven

Title:

The practice and representation of reading in England, essay entitled 'Reconstructing the reader'

Place of Publication:

Cambridge

Date of Publication:

1996

Vol:

n/a

Page:

240

Additional Comments:

Editors James Raven, Helen Small and Naomi Tadmor. Date 19 July 1780.

Citation:

John Brewer, James Raven (ed.), The practice and representation of reading in England, essay entitled 'Reconstructing the reader' (Cambridge, 1996), p. 240, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=5971, accessed: 21 July 2024


Additional Comments:

Brewer is quoting from Larpent's diary, Huntington Museum, HM 31201

   
   
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