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Record 1000

Reading Experience:

"As [S. T. Coleridge] recalled in the Friend, 'I had [when composing The Three Graves in 1798] been reading Bryan Edwards's account of the effects of the Oby Witchcraft on the Negroes in the West Indies, and Hearne's deeply interesting Anecdotes of similar workings on the imagination of the Copper Indians ...'"
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1798 and 31 Dec 1798
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:Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 21 Oct 1772
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, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Bryan Edwards
Title: The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies
Genre: History, Geography / Travel, Astrology / alchemy / occult
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 2 vols, 1793-94
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1000  
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: 52
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799 (Cambridge, 1993), p. 52,, accessed: 27 January 2023

Additional comments:

Noted in entry 92 of Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799.



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