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Record 1861

Reading Experience:

'On 18 April 1807, C[oleridge] told Sotheby: "I read yesterday in a large company, where W. Wordsworth was present, about 150 lines of your Saul, respecting your country, Nelson, & the admirable transition to the main subject, which follows it - and it was delightful to me, to observe that the enthusiasm which had given animation & depth to my own tones, manifested itself with at least equal strength in the faces & voices of all the auditors."'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 17 Apr 1807
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:Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 21 Oct 1772
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
William Wordsworth
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: William Sotheby
Title: Saul, a Poem
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Unknown
Publication details: 1807
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1861  
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: 195-96
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1800-1815 (Cambridge, 1995), p. 195-96,, accessed: 07 February 2023

Additional comments:

Noted in entry 363 (ii) of Wu (1995); quotation from E. L. Griggs, ed., The Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (6 vols, 1956-71) 3:11.



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