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Record 17660

Reading Experience:

Joseph Arnould to Robert Browning, 19 December 1847: 'My dear Browning do you know the German transcendental writers at all -- especially [italics]Fichte[end italics]? an enterprising American bookseller here has been translating all his exoteric works i.e. all except his Formal System of Metaphysics -- the titles will show you the nature of the Books[:] "The destination of Man" "The nature & vocation of the scholar" "Characteristics of the present age" [...] I have been reading them with that engrossing, rapt, concentrated attention which no book can command except one which speaks to the very soul of the reader: formalized in Fichte's books I find what has long been hovering vaguely before my own mind as truth: especially on Religion & Christianity. Do READ THEM -- they are not costly[,] the price of the hitherto published is as follows Characteristics of the Present Age 7s Vocation of the Scholar 2s The Destination of Man 3s 6d'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1845 and 31 Dec 1847
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:Joseph Arnould
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Barrister
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: unknown
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Title: Characteristics of the Present Age
Genre: Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: In English translation by William Smith, one of titles in 'The Catholic Series' appearing 1845-1849
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17660  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1998
  Vol: 14
  Page: 349
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1998), 14, p. 349,, accessed: 02 December 2021

Additional comments:

Series in which text appeared published by John Chapman, not an American publisher, but an agent for American publishers (see p.351 n.8 in source).



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