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Record 16553

Reading Experience:

'I have read the 'bright city' and rejoiced to find your criticism of it so agreeable to my own. Milman is certainly a poet, but he takes a flight higher than he can sustain. He paints too gorgeously and indistinctly, he also whines too much, he is sometimes even liable to cant. I am astonished at your diffidence in judging him: it were well if he always found even critics by profession so well qualified.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: Scotland
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:Thomas Carlyle
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 4 Dec 1795
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer / Academic
Religion: Lapsed Calvinist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Henry Hart Milman
Title: Samor, the Lord of the Bright City
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First published 1818
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 16553  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: C R Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, North Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 2
  Page: 189
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 2, p. 189,, accessed: 10 June 2023

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to Jane Baillie Welsh, dated 28 October 1822, written at 3 Moray Street. Pages 183 - 190 in this edition. See TC's letter to JBW dated 9th August 1822 in which he sends her the Milman to read - but does not specify whether he has already read it himself at this point. See also JBW's letter to TC c.24th October 1822 in which she gives her opinion of the work.



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