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Record 11488

Reading Experience:

'Waugh (the Review-man) sent me a book the other day, with a wish and an assurance that I "would write a very elegant and spirited critique on it" - which I am not so certain of as the magistrate pretends to be, but shall attempt notwithstanding. It is poetry, by Joanna Baillie, about Wallace and Columbus and patient Griseld, and so forth. I am to begin forthwith; should have begun indeed already, but Schiller and others stand in the way.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 14 Mar 1821 and 3 Apr 1821
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edinburgh
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:Thomas Carlyle
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 4 Dec 1795
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer / Academic
Religion: Lapsed Calvinist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Joanna Baillie
Title: Metrical Legends of Exalted Characters
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First published 1821
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 11488  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: C R Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, North Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 1
  Page: 342
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 342,, accessed: 10 June 2023

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to Alexander Carlyle, dated 14th March 1821, written at Edinburgh. Pages 341 - 343 in this edition. Estimated date range based on a reference Carlyle makes in a subsequent letter to Alexander Carlyle dated 11th April, in which he refers to 'The Review I finished eight days ago' (p. 352) which may refer to this work - it appears to be the only review he was working on at this time. His review appeared in the New Edinburgh Review, I (Oct. 1821), p. 393 - 414



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