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Record 1419

Reading Experience:

Extract of letter from S. T. Coleridge to William Wordsworth, given in 30 December 1810 letter from Dorothy Wordsworth to Catherine Clarkson: "'I amused myself a day or two ago on reading a Romance in Mrs Radcliffe's style with making out a scheme which was to serve for all Romances a priori ... '"
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Oct 1810 and 31 Oct 1810
Country: England
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:Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 21 Oct 1772
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
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:

Title: [a romance in the style of Ann Radcliffe]
Genre: Fiction, romance
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1419  
Source - Print  
  Author: William and Dorothy Wordsworth
  Editor: Ernest De Selincourt
  Title: The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: The Middle Years Part I (1806-1811)
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1969
  Vol: 1
  Page: 458-59
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Ernest De Selincourt (ed.), The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: The Middle Years Part I (1806-1811) (Oxford, 1969), 1, p. 458-59,, accessed: 27 January 2023

Additional comments:

p.458 n.2 cites Earl Leslie Griggs as believing Coleridge's letter to be dated "early October 1810".



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