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Record 13912

Reading Experience:

Letter to Collector MacVicar, May 28 1773 'Since I wrote to you last, I have been most intent on biography, and quite engrossed by heroes and legislatures' [and later in same letter] 'You bid me read biography, to teach me to think; I have thought and here is the result [ie re Peter the Great]. If I have not made you very angry, I will next give my thought of this rival hero.'[and in the following two letters to same recipient May 30 and June 20 1773] 'The poor dear Odyssey is quite neglected; I have forsaken it for biography; I can speak of nobody less than a king or a general, and shall take the first opportunity of introducing you to prince Mazeppa. Tweed and Clyde are not worth a farthing now, I can think of nothing but Dneiper and the Boristhenes. I have some toleration too for the Wolga [sic]. "Oh voman [sic], voman!" as Win Jenkins says, " If you knew but the plesur [sic] we scullers have when we censter the crabbit werds." ?'; [and] ... 'To quit the flowery paths of ingenious fiction [ie the Vicar of Wakefield] for the thorny maze in which I am slowly advancing, [ie a biography of Cromwell] is no pleasing transition to female fancy?.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1755 and 28 May 1773
Country: unknown
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:Anne Grant [nee MacVicar]
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1755
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: Wife/Widow of Church of Scotland minister then author
Religion: Church of Scotland
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: unknown
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: unknown
Title: [Biographies including ones of Peter the Great and of Oliver Cromwell]
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 13912  
Source - Print  
  Author: Anne Grant
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Letters from the mountains; being the real correspondence of a lady, between the year 1773 and 1807
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1807
  Vol: 1
  Page: pp121-9; p.142; p149
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Anne Grant, Letters from the mountains; being the real correspondence of a lady, between the year 1773 and 1807 (London, 1807), 1, p. pp121-9; p.142; p149,, accessed: 22 February 2024

Additional comments:

Date range given as birth to date of letter



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