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Record 136

Reading Experience:

'Hester Thrale compared herself to Swift's Vanessa who "held Montaigne and read- / while Mrs Susan comb'd her Head", and read the "Spectator" to her daughters while her "Maid... was dressing [her] Hair".'
Century: 1700-1799, 1800-1849
Date: Between 1776 and 1809
Country: unknown
Time: n/a
Place: other location: presumably at home, whilst having hair done
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:Hester Thrale
Age Unknown
Gender Female
Date of Birth 16 Jan 1741
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: none
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: unknown
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
her daughters
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Joseph Addison
Title: The Spectator
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical, Could have been periodical in bound form
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 136  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jacqueline Pearson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Women's Reading in Britain 1750-1835. A Dangerous Recreation.
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1999
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 168
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jacqueline Pearson, Women's Reading in Britain 1750-1835. A Dangerous Recreation. (Cambridge, 1999), p. 168,, accessed: 09 February 2023

Additional comments:

See Katherine C. Balderston (ed.)"Thraliana: The Diary of Mrs Hester Lynch Thrale (later Mrs Piozzi) 1776-1809" (Oxford, 1942) p.547



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