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Record 1395

Reading Experience:

Robert Southey to William Taylor, April 1799: '[Amos Cottle] was in a hurry, and wanted northern learning, but seemed to have no idea of knowing how or where to look for it. The "Edda" [with facing Icelandic and Latin texts] fell into his hands and delighted him. His brother [Joseph], who knows no language but English, wanted to read it, and he had begun a prose translation, when I advised him to versify it ... '
Century: 1700-1799
Date: unknown
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:Amos Cottle
Age Unknown
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1768
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: poet and translator
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: unknown
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: unknown
Title: Edda Soemundar hinns Froda
Genre: Classics, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: BookManuscript: Unknown
Publication details: 1787
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1395  
Source - Print  
  Author: Duncan Wu
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1993
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 179
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799 (Cambridge, 1993), p. 179,, accessed: 22 February 2024

Additional comments:

Noted in Appendix VI of Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1770-1799. Quote from J.W. Robberds, ed., A Memoir of the LIfe and Writings of the Late William Taylor of Norwich (2 vols, 1843) 1:246.



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