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Record 1849

Reading Experience:

"On 20 July 1804 W[ordsworth] wrote to Sir George Beaumont: "'A few days ago I received from Mr Southey your very acceptable present of Sir Joshua Reynolds works, which with the life I have nearly read through. Several of the discourses I had read before though never regularly together: they have very much added to the high opinion which I before entertained of Sir Joshua Reynolds.' "W[ordsworth's first comprehensive reading of Reynolds' works can be dated to four or five days in the middle of July 1804."
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 10 Jul 1804 and 30 Jul 1804
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: n/a
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
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: Sir Joshua Reynolds
Title: The Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds
Genre: Essays / Criticism, Arts / architecture
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Ed. Edmond Malone; 3 vols, 3rd edn, 1801
Provenance: n/a


Source Information:

Record ID: 1849  
Source - Print  
  Author: Duncan Wu
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Wordsworth's Reading 1800-1815
  Place of Publication: n/a
  Date of Publication: 1995
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 175-76
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1800-1815 (1995), p. 175-76,, accessed: 07 December 2023

Additional comments:

quotation from Ernest De Selincourt, ed., The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: The Early Years, 1787-1805 (1967) 490-01.



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