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Record 13408

Reading Experience:

'I strongly recommend to you Captain Golownin's narrative of his imprisonment in Japan; it is one of the most entertaining books I have read for a long time.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 31 Jan 1820
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: county: Yorkshire
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:Sydney Smith
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 3 Jun 1771
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: clergyman
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: [Captain] Gollownin
Title: Recollections of Japan, by Capt. Gollownin of the Russian Navy, author of the narrative of a three years' residence in that country
Genre: Geography / Travel
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 13408  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Nowell C. Smith
  Title: The Letters of Sydney Smith
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1953
  Vol: I
  Page: 345-6
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Nowell C. Smith (ed.), The Letters of Sydney Smith (Oxford, 1953), I, p. 345-6,, accessed: 08 December 2023

Additional comments:

Letter to Mrs Meynell. The same letter tells her 'You must also read ---- [title suppressed by early editor but assumed by Nowell Smith to refer to Don Juan]' because it is Sydney Smith's 'duty... to fit you up for London conversation'.



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