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Record 13003

Reading Experience:

'Some time since, all the world was astonished at the 2nd number of "Blackwoods (formerly the Edinr) magazine" - The greater part of it is full of gall: but the most venomous article is the "translation of a Chaldee manuscript" said to be found in the library of Paris - It is written in the phrase of the Scriptures - [and gives] an allegorical account of the origin & end of the late "Edinr magazine" - greatly to the [dis]paragement of Constable & the Editors - Most of the Authors of "Edinr" are characterised with great acrimony - under the likeness of birds & beasts & creeping things - "Blackwood" is like to be beleaguered with prosecutions for it - two are already raised against him. Replies in the shape of "explanations", "letters to Drs M'Crie and Thomson" have been put forth - more are promised - and doubtless, rejoinders are in a state of preparation. Whatever may become of "Blackwood" or his antagonists - the "reading" or rather the talking "public" is greatly beholden to the Author. He has kept its jaws moving these four weeks - and the sport is not finished yet'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Oct 1817 and 19 Nov 1817
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Kirkcaldy
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: Teacher, later man of letters
Religion: Christian
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: [n/a]
Title: Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine
Genre: Essays / Criticism, satire
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: no VIII, Oct. 1817
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 13003  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Charles Richard Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, NC
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: I
  Page: 114
  Additional comments: Letter to Robert Mitchell

Citation: Charles Richard Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, NC, 1970), I, p. 114,, accessed: 05 June 2023

Additional comments:

Article attributed to John Gibson Lockhart, James Hogg and William Hamilton.



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