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Record 1246

Reading Experience:

'Here I am reading Virgil?s delightful Georgics for the first time. They really attune perfectly well with the plains and climate of Naseby. Valpy (whose edition I have) cannot quite follow Virgil?s plough?in its construction at least. But the main acts of agriculture seem to have changed very little, and the alternation of green and corn crops is a good dodge. And while I heard the fellows going out with their horses to plough as I sat at breakfast this morning, I also read? Libra die somnique pares ubi fecerit horas, Et medium luci atque umbris jam dividit orbem, Exercete, viri, tauros, serite hordea campis Usque sub extremum brum? intractabilis imbrem. One loves Virgil somehow.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 20 Sep 1842
Country: England
Time: morning: At breakfast
Place: city: Northampton
specific address: Naseby, Welford
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:Edward Fitzgerald
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 31 Mar 1809
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Poet and translator
Religion: Christian
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: Virgil
Title: Georgics
Genre: Classics, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Valpy's edition (not in translation)
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 1246  
Source - Print  
  Author: Edward Fitzgerald
  Editor: William Aldis Wright
  Title: Letters of Edward Fitzgerald in 2 volumes
  Place of Publication: London & New York
  Date of Publication: 1894, repr. 1901
  Vol: 1
  Page: 134
  Additional comments: Edward FitzGerald to W. F. Pollock (written from Naseby, Welford, Northampton), 20th September 1842

Citation: Edward Fitzgerald, William Aldis Wright (ed.), Letters of Edward Fitzgerald in 2 volumes (London & New York, 1894, repr. 1901), 1, p. 134,, accessed: 27 January 2023

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