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Record Number: 853


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'W[ordsworth] asked [William] Mathews in Oct. 1795 to "make me a present of that vol: of Bells forgotten poetry which contains The Minstrel and Sir martyn" ... [he]included an extract from [William Julius Mickle's] Sir Martyn in the Album he compiled for Lady Mary Lowther in 1819 ... '

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Between 1789 and 1819

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:

William Wordsworth

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

07 Apr 1770

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

n/a

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:

John Bell

Title:

Bell's Classical Arrangement of Fugitive Poetry

Genre:

Poetry, Miscellany / Anthology

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

Vol 10 (1789)

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

853

Source:

Print

Author:

Duncan Wu

Editor:

n/a

Title:

Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799

Place of Publication:

Cambridge

Date of Publication:

1993

Vol:

n/a

Page:

14

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799 (Cambridge, 1993), p. 14, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=853, accessed: 29 November 2022


Additional Comments:

Information from entry 25 in Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1791. Wu notes that Wordsworth may already have known The Minstrel, and perhaps Sir Martyn by 1787 (so from other sources), and that Wordsworth could have first seen Mathews's copy of Bell (1789), containing these pieces, as late as 1795 stay in London - so Wordsworth's actual reading of Bell (1789) either then or afterwards uncertain, especially as Wu can only "presume" that his request for Mathews's copy was responded to.

   
   
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