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Record 18148

Reading Experience:

'I would have answered your letter sooner but for a long series of movements and countermovements I have had to execute. I also wished to read Goethe's book, before determining on your proposal with regard to it. This I have at length done: I find it will not answer. The work is incomplete, the first volume only having yet appeared; and it consists of a series of fragments, individually beautiful, but quite disjointed, and in their present state scarcely intelligible.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 29 Jul 1824 and 14 Aug 1824
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Birmingham
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 1824
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer / Academic
Religion: Lapsed Calvinist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Title: Meister Wilhelm's Wanderjahre (first volume)
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: BookManuscript: Letter
Publication details: first volume - originally published 1821
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18148  
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: 3
  Page: 136
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 3, p. 136,, accessed: 24 June 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from TC to George Boyd dated 14 August 1824, written at Birmingham. Pages 136-137 in this edition. Date range based on previous reference in a letter to John Taylor dated 29 July 1824 (p.117 in this edition) where he mentions receiving his copy of the book that day (RED id 18129).



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