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Record 18784

Reading Experience:

'Roderick is safe depend upon it I venture my judgement on it very publickly that it is the first epic poem of the age - its great merit consists in the extent and boldness of the plan its perfect consistency and the ease with which it is managed - in these respects you are so far above your cotemporaries [sic] as not to admit of a comparison - I should like above all things to review it in some respectable work'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 13 Sep 1814
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Ellerey
county: Westmoreland
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:James Hogg
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth Nov 1770
Socio-economic group: Labourer (agricultural)
Occupation: shepherd and poet
Religion: n/a
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: Robert Southey
Title: Roderick, The Last of the Goths
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: published Nov 21st 1814
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 18784  
Source - Print  
  Author: James Hogg
  Editor: Gillian Hughes
  Title: Collected Letters of James Hogg, The
  Place of Publication: Edinburgh
  Date of Publication: 2004
  Vol: I
  Page: 203
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Hogg, Gillian Hughes (ed.), Collected Letters of James Hogg, The (Edinburgh, 2004), I, p. 203,, accessed: 29 March 2023

Additional comments:

Letter to Southey, probably before the poem was published - editors suggest 8th Oct to end Nov 1814.



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