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Record 1496

Reading Experience:

Dorothy Wordsworth to Mary Hutchinson, 1 February 1813: 'Willy [Wordsworth, the poet's son] is now beside me ... He has taken up a book, and there he reads fragments of a hundred little songs - about Cock Robin, pussy cat and all sorts of things. he is very entertaining; but one half of the heart is sad while the other laughs at his strange fancies.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 1 Feb 1813
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 reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Willy Wordsworth
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1810
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: child
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Dorothy Wordsworth (aunt of William)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: [nursery rhymes]
Genre: Poetry, Children's Lit, Miscellany / Anthology
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 1496  
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: 1970
  Vol: 2
  Page: 80
  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, 1970), 2, p. 80,, accessed: 25 September 2023

Additional comments:

Not clear whether child (aged only three) reading text actually in book, or making up own, or combination.



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