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Record 11109

Reading Experience:

'I do not care for a First Folio ofShakespeare. I rather prefer the common editions of Rowe and Tonson, without notes, and with plates, which, being so execrably bad, serve as maps, or modest remembrancers, to the text; and without pretending to any supposable emulation with it, are so much better than the Shakespeare gallery engravings, which did. [...] Winter evenings-the world shut out-with less of ceremony the gentle Shakespeare. At such a season, the Tempest, or his own Winter's Tale- These two poets [Shakespeare and Milton] youcannot avoid reading aloud-to your-self or (as it chances) to some single person listening. More than one-and it degenerates into an audience.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: evening: Winter Evenings
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:Charles Lamb
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1775
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Essayist
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
yes, names unknown
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Shakespeare
Title: The Works of Mr William Shakespeare; in six volumes
Genre: Drama, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 11109  
Source - Print  
  Author: Charles Lamb
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Elia and the Last Essays of Elia
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1987
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 197-198
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Charles Lamb, Elia and the Last Essays of Elia (Oxford, 1987), p. 197-198,, accessed: 24 January 2022

Additional comments:



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