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Record 17444

Reading Experience:

'Byron has sent us a new poem the Age of Bronze: it is short, and pithy - but not at all poetical. Byron may still easily fail to be a great man. You shall see his Bronze (a poetical squib) when you arrive; and another Liberal which is on the way.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 2 Apr 1823
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
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: George Gordon Byron
Title: The Age Of Bronze
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: BookManuscript: LetterUnknown
Publication details: Published April 1823
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 17444  
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: 327
  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. 327,, accessed: 04 December 2023

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from TC to James Baillie Welsh dated 6th April 1823, written at 3. Moray Street. Pages 324 - 327 in this edition. Estimated date range based on date of Carlyle's previous letter to JBW - this seems to have been a very recent occurrence. It is unclear whether Carlyle is reading a published copy or a copy that he has been sent personally.



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