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Record 10370

Reading Experience:

'I am glad you recommended "Gisborne", for having begun, I am pleased with it, and I had quite determined not to read it.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 30 Aug 1805
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:Jane Austen
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 16 Dec 1775
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
daughter of clergyman
Occupation: Novelist
Religion: Anglican
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: Thomas Gisborne
Title: An Enquiry into the Duties of the Female Sex
Genre: Conduct books
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1797
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 10370  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jane Austen
  Editor: Deirdre LeFaye
  Title: Jane Austen's Letters
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1995
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 112
  Additional comments: Letter from Jane to Cassandra Austen, Friday 30 August 1805, from Goodnestone Farm.

Citation: Jane Austen, Deirdre LeFaye (ed.), Jane Austen's Letters (Oxford, 1995), p. 112,, accessed: 02 December 2023

Additional comments:

The editor of Austen's letters assumes the "Gisborne" in question is Thomas Gisborne's "The Duties of the Female Sex". This seems a likely hypothesis, although it could also be one of Gisborne's earlier publications, possibly his poetry.



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