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Record 1481

Reading Experience:

William Wordsworth to Lady Beaumont, 20 November 1811: 'Do you see the Courier newspaper at Dunmow? I ask on account of a little poem upon the comet, which I have read in it to-day. Though with several defects ... it has great merit, and is far superior to the run not merely of newspaper but of modern poetry in general. I half suspect it to be Coleridge's ... I know of no other writer of the day who can so so well. It consists of five stanzas, in the measure of the Fairy Queen. It is to be found in last Saturday's paper, November 16th. If you don't see the Courier, we will transcribe it for you.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 20 Nov 1811
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:William Wordsworth
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 7 Apr 1770
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Church of England
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: Courier, The
Genre: Poetry, Politics, Miscellany / Anthology
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1481  
Source - Print  
  Author: William and Dorothy Wordsworth
  Editor: Ernest De Selincourt
  Title: The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: The Middle Years 1806-1811
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1969
  Vol: 1
  Page: 521
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Ernest De Selincourt (ed.), The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: The Middle Years 1806-1811 (Oxford, 1969), 1, p. 521,, accessed: 26 January 2023

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