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Record 1002

Reading Experience:

"W[ordsworth] recollected that at Hawkshead ... ' ... I, with the other boys of the same standing, was put upon reading the first six books of Euclid, with the exception of the fifth ...'"
Century: 1700-1799
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: specific address: Hawkshead Grammar School
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 Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 7 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, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Euclid
Title: Elements I-IV, VI
Genre: Mathematics
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 1002  
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: 54
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799 (Cambridge, 1993), p. 54,, accessed: 01 June 2023

Additional comments:

Noted in entriy 96 of Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799, where the record of purchase of "A Euclid" for Wordsworth in Ann Tyson's 1785 account book also noted.



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