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Record 1761

Reading Experience:

'De Quincey recalled the time ... when he persuaded W[ordsworth] to read [Harriet] Lee's The German's Tale: 'This most splendid tale I put into the hands of Wordsworth; and, for once, having, I suppose, nothing else to read, he condescended to run through it. I shall not report his opinion, which, in fact, was no opinion ... "'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
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: Harriet Lee
Title: German's Tale, The
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: In vol. 4 (1801) of Sophia and Harriet Lee, Canterbury Tales (5 vols, 1797-1805)
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1761  
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: 133
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1800-1815 (Cambridge, 1995), p. 133,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:

Noted in entry 250 of Wu (1995); quotation from David Masson, ed., The Collected Writings of Thomas De Quincey (14 vols, 1889-90) 3:205.



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