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Record 19941

Reading Experience:

'Could you learn for me which is Lafontaine's best novel in one moderate volume? I have read his Raphael (in French), his Rudolph von Werdenberg, and his Tinchen (in German): there is genius in all of these, but whether any of them is among the best of his half-a-century of works, I have no means of ascertaining.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: unknown
Country: Unknown
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:Thomas Carlyle
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 4 Dec 1795
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer / Academic
Religion: Lapsed Calvinist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Unknown
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Auguste Heinrich Julius Lafontaine
Title: Rudolph von Werdenberg
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First published 1800
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 19941  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: C R Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, North Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 3
  Page: 318
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 3, p. 318,, accessed: 13 June 2024

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from TC to Henry Crabb Robinson dated 29th April 1825, written at Haddington (Scotland). Pages 316-319 in this edition. Information on author / book title given in editor's notes. No specific dates are given, but from his other correspondence at this time it appears to be recent.



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