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Record Number: 5996


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'In the month of April 1792... Anna read Richardson's "Clarissa" for the second time - "the style is prolix, the manners obsolete, & I felt fidgeted at the repetitions not being 15, yet surely it is wonderfully wrought."'

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Between 1 Apr 1792 and 30 Apr 1792

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:

Daughter of a diplomat and wife of a civil servant

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:

Samuel Richardson

Title:

Clarissa

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

5996

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:

230

Additional Comments:

Editors James Raven, Helen Small and Naomi Tadmor.

Citation:

John Brewer, James Raven (ed.), The practice and representation of reading in England, essay entitled 'Reconstructing the reader' (Cambridge, 1996), p. 230, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=5996, accessed: 19 June 2024


Additional Comments:

Brewer gets his information from Larpent's diary, Huntington Museum HM 31201 .

   
   
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