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Record 1690

Reading Experience:

Copied by William Wordsworth into letter to Lady Beaumont, 12 March 1805: 'From Aristotle's Synopsis of the Virtues and Vices "It is the property of fortitude not to be easily terrified by the dread of things pertaining to death; to possess good confidence in things terrible, & presence of mind in dangers; rather to prefer to be put to death worthily, than to be preserved basely; & to be the cause of victory. Further, it is the property of fortitude to labour and endure, and to make valorous exertion an object of choice. But presence of mind, a well-disposed soul, confidence and boldness are the attendants on fortitude: - and besides these industry and patience."'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 12 Mar 1805
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:

Author: Aristotle
Title: unknown
Genre: Classics, Philosophy
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1690  
Source - Print  
  Author: Duncan Wu
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Wordsworth's Reading 1800-1815
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1995
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 7
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1800-1815 (Cambridge, 1995), p. 7,, accessed: 07 February 2023

Additional comments:

Wu suggests passage copied from copy made by Dorothy Wordsworth in Wordsworth Commonplace Book.



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