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Record 146

Reading Experience:

'Princess Charlotte wrote of reading as a "great passion"; in a poignant attempt to construct bourgeois domestic intimacy in the dysfunctional household of the divorced Prince Regent she discussed and exchanged books with her friend Margaret Mercer Elphinstone, including memoirs and recent history, Byron's poems, and novels including Gothic fiction and works by Anne Plumptre and Jane Austen. (The perceptive Charlotte especially enjoyed "Sense and Sensibility" because she discerned in herself"the same imprudence" as Marianne's).'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1811 and 1817
Country: n/a
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:Princess Charlotte
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1796
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Jane Austen
Title: Sense and Sensibility
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 146  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jacqueline Pearson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Women's Reading in Britain 1750-1835. A Dangerous Recreeation
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1999
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 181
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jacqueline Pearson, Women's Reading in Britain 1750-1835. A Dangerous Recreeation (Cambridge, 1999), p. 181,, accessed: 23 February 2024

Additional comments:

See Arthur Aspinall (ed.) "The Letters of the Princess Charlotte", 1811-1817 (1949). Charlotte also wrote, in response to "Sence and Sencibility" [sic]: 'I think Maryanne and me are very like in disposition.'



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