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Record 16602

Reading Experience:

'I have spent a stupid day reading the Abbe de Sade's Memoirs of Petrarch. What a feeble whipster was this Petrarch with all his talents! To go dangling about, for the space of twenty years, puffing and sighing after a little coquette, whose charms lay briefly in the fervour of his imagination, and the art she had to keep him wavering between hope and despondency - at once ridiculous and deplorable - that he might write sonnets in her praise!'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Dec 1822 and 7 Dec 1822
Country: Scotland
Time: daytime
Place: city: Edinburgh
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: Jacques Fracois Paul Alphonse, Abbe de Sade
Title: Memoires pour la vie de Francois Petrarch
Genre: Biography
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First published Amsterdam 1764 - 1767, 3 vols
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 16602  
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: 212-213
  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. 212-213,, accessed: 23 September 2023

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from TC to Jane Baillie Welsh dated early December 1822. Pages 212 - 214 in this edition. Dates of reading experience are based on the estimated date of the letter (given by Editor)



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