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Record 19476

Reading Experience:

'[your letter] has gratified a wish of more than twenty years standing. It is I think fully that time since I was for a great part of a very snowy winter the inhabitant of an old house in the country in a course of poetical study so very like that of your very admirably painted young poet that I could hardly help saying "thats me" when I was reading the tale to my family. Among the very few books which fell under my hands was a volume or two of Dodsley's Register one of which contained copious extracts from the "Village" & the "Library" particularly the conclusion of Book I of the former and an extract from the latter beginning with the desription of the old Romancers. [Scott describes how he memorised these but could not afford to buy the books themselves] You may therefore guess my sincere delight when I saw your poems at a later period assume the rank in the public estimation which they so well deserve'.
Century: 1700-1799, 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1789 and 21 Oct 1812
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: other location: 'an old house in the country'
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:Walter Scott
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 15 Aug 1771
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
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: Dodsley
Title: [Annual Register - extract of Crabbe's 'The Library']
Genre: Poetry, Miscellany / Anthology, Reference / General works
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: 1781 edition
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 19476  
Source - Print  
  Author: George Crabbe
  Editor: Thomas Faulkner
  Title: Selected Letters and Journals of George Crabbe
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1985
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 90-1
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: George Crabbe, Thomas Faulkner (ed.), Selected Letters and Journals of George Crabbe (Oxford, 1985), p. 90-1,, accessed: 21 June 2024

Additional comments:

Assistant editor Rhonda Blair. Letter from Walter Scott to Crabbe. Scott writes that he was around 18 at the time.



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