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Record 18788

Reading Experience:

'I have read Roderick over and over again and am the more and more convinced that it is the noblest Epic poem of the age I have had some correspondence and a good deal of conversation with Mr Jeffery [sic] about it who though he does not agree with me in every particular. He says it is too long and wants [italics] elasticity [end italics] and will not he fears be generally read though much may be said in its favours' [Hogg was trying to get Jeffrey to allow him to review the poem]
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 13 Sep 1814 and 15 Dec 1814
Country: Scotland and 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: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: Scotland and 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: Print: Book, Hogg had also read the poem in MS
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 18788  
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: 221
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Hogg, Gillian Hughes (ed.), Collected Letters of James Hogg, The (Edinburgh, 2004), I, p. 221,, accessed: 29 March 2023

Additional comments:

Letter to Southey. Hogg had read the poem in the Lake District by 13th Sept 1814 and then presumably after it was published in late november.



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