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Record 1006

Reading Experience:

"W[ordsworth]'s note to Descriptive Sketches 428 reads: 'These summer hamlets are probably (as I have seen observed by a critic in the Gentleman's Magazine) what Virgil alludes to in the expression 'Castella in tumulis.'"
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1789 and 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:William Wordsworth
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 7 Apr 1770
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Church of England
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:

Title: Gentleman's Magazine
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Miscellany / Anthology
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: vol 59 (1789)
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1006  
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: 62
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799 (Cambridge, 1993), p. 62,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:

Noted in entry 112 of Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799, which continues: "W[ordsworth] refers to a dispute over the word 'castella' as used by Virgil (Georgics iii 475) conducted in the Gentleman's Magazine from April to Dec. 1789 between two correspondents, 'THW ' and 'BLA'."



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