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Record 12629

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'It is true, the excellence of the Iliad does not depend upon his merit or dignity, but I wish, nevertheless, that Homer had chosen a hero somewhat less pettish and less fantastic: a perfect hero is chimerical and unnatural, and consequently uninstructive; but it is also true that while the epic hero ought to be drawn with the infirmities that are the lot of humanity, he ought never to be represented as extremely absurd.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1689 and 1 Sep 1717
Country: n/a
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:Mary, Lady Wortley Montagu
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1689
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: Daughter of the fifth Earl of Kingston upon Hull. Wife of the British Ambassador to Constantinople.
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Homer
Title: Iliad
Genre: Classics
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 12629  
Source - Print  
  Author: Mary, Lady Wortley Montagu
  Editor: R. Brimley Johnson
  Title: Letters from the Right Honourable Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1709 to 1762
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1906
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 149
  Additional comments: Letter from Wortley Montagu to Alexander Pope. Taken from the Kessinger Publishing's Reprint of 1906 edition published by J.M.Dent

Citation: Mary, Lady Wortley Montagu, R. Brimley Johnson (ed.), Letters from the Right Honourable Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 1709 to 1762 (London, 1906), n/a, p. 149, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=12629, accessed: 30 January 2023

Additional comments:

Letter was written from Belgrade.

 

 

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