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Record 18868

Reading Experience:

'I have had within these few days a curious MS. sent to me by an English gentleman a Dr T. Brown who intreats me to take a hand in editing it and I think it would take remarkably well both in schools and as a cabinet work. It is "The art of reading and conversing on the works of the living poets of Great Britain" with many most beautiful extracts [...] If close printed it would be 7/ and you might have it on your own terms. I go over it every word and will answer for the ingenuity of it but it is not really mine so cannot be in my name but I declare on honour it is a great deal more ingenious than I could have written it'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 20 Nov 1820
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Altrive
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: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: farmer / author
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: T. Brown
Title: Art of reading and conversing on the works of the living poets of Great Britain
Genre: Miscellany / Anthology
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned
supposedly sent to Hogg by 'T. Brown'


Source Information:

Record ID: 18868  
Source - Print  
  Author: James Hogg
  Editor: Gillian Hughes
  Title: Collected Letters of James Hogg, The
  Place of Publication: Edinburgh
  Date of Publication: 2006
  Vol: II
  Page: 62-3
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Hogg, Gillian Hughes (ed.), Collected Letters of James Hogg, The (Edinburgh, 2006), II, p. 62-3,, accessed: 13 July 2024

Additional comments:

Letter to Mr Callans at the publishing house Oliver and Boyd. No such work was published. Editor thinks it may have actually been by Hogg who had for years been trying to get a poetic anthology published.



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