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Record 10033

Reading Experience:

'do you ever read the Augustan Review it is stupid though[underlined] it thinks me so - & yet be afraid I like it because it takes[?] the thing [Glenarvon] fairly & not as real characters[.] have you ever heard what he [presumably Lord Byron] said to Glenarvon ? I burn to know?
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Oct 1816 and 31 Dec 1816
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:Lady Caroline Lamb
Age n/a
Gender n/a
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1785
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: socialite, novelist, influential member of the Whig political elite
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n?e Ponsonby


Text Being Read:

Author: [unknown]
Title: Review of Glenarvon in the Augustan Review
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: 3 (October 1816), pp. 350-54
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 10033  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Lady Caroline Lamb (n?e Ponsonby)
  Title: n/a
  Location: John Murray Archive
  Call no: Acc.12604/4144 B
  Page/folio: unfoliated

Citation: Lady Caroline Lamb (n?e Ponsonby), John Murray Archive, p. Acc.12604/4144 B, p. unfoliated,, accessed: 29 February 2024

Additional comments:

Lady Caroline's comments refer to the fact that the vast majority of her readers saw Glenarvon as little more than a thinly-veiled autobiography of her affair with Byron. Apparently The Augustan Review, in her mind, gave the book the more consideration. The word 'takes' is quite difficult to read. Transcribed by Lindsey Eckert.



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