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Record 17449

Reading Experience:

'I read Spenser these some mornings, while eating my breakfast. He is a dainty little fellow, as ever you saw: I propose that you and he shall be closely acquainted by and by.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 6 Apr 1823 and 14 Apr 1823
Country: Scotland
Time: morning
Place: city: Edinrburgh
specific address: 3. Moray Street
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: Edmund Spenser
Title: The Faerie Queene
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First published 1590
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17449  
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: 330
  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. 330,, accessed: 20 June 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from TC to Jane Baillie Welsh dated 14 April 1823, pages 329 - 331 in this edition. Carlyle goes on to quote from the Faerie Queene and ask JBW for her opinion, so it seems apparent that it is this work in particular. Estimated date range based on the date of Carlyle's last letter to her dated 6 April 1823 - they appear to discuss theuir respective reading with each other and it seems likely that he has only started this week since last writing.



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