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Record 1713

Reading Experience:

'On 17-18 May 1812 W[ordsworth] wrote to M[ary] W[ordsworth]: "Yesterday I dined alone with Lady B. - and we read Lord Byron's new poem whch is not destitute of merit; though ill-planned, and often unpleasing in the sentiments, and almost always perplexed in the construction."'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 15 May 1812 and 18 May 1812
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:Lady Beaumont
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: aristocrat
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: George Gordon, Lord Byron
Title: Childe Harold's Pilgrimage I and II
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1812
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1713  
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: 40
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1800-1815 (Cambridge, 1995), p. 40,, accessed: 07 December 2023

Additional comments:

From entry 80 (ii) in Wu (1995); quotation from Alan G. Hill, ed., The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth VIII: A Supplement of New Letters (1993) 80.



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