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Record 1852

Reading Experience:

'Robert Southey on "The Correspondence of Samuel Richardson" in letter to C. W. Williams Wynn, 27 November 1804: "Richardson's correspondence I should think worse than anything of any celebrity that ever was published ... The few letters of Klopstock's Wife must be excepted from this censure: they are ... very affecting; indeed the notice of her death, coming ... after that sweet letter in which she dwells upon her hopes of happiness from that child whose birth destroyed her, came upon me like an electric shock."'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 01 Jan 1804 and 27 Nov 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:Robert Southey
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 12 Aug 1774
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: Samuel Richardson
Title: The Correspondence of Samuel Richardson, a selection from the original manuscripts
Genre: Autobiog / Diary, Correspondence
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Ed. Anna Laetitia Barbauld; 6 vols, 1804
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1852  
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: 176
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1800-1815 (1995), p. 176,, accessed: 22 February 2024

Additional comments:

quotation from John Wood Warter, ed., Selections from the Letters of Robert Southey (4 vols, 1856) 1: 289.



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