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Record 20386

Reading Experience:

'In general the coterie here are disposed to think it not by the same author as "Waverley", etc., and to think it superior to all three. I myself place it above Guy and Monkbarns, but "Waverley" being my first love, I canot give him up. [italics] as a whole [end italics], however, I believe it does bear the palm, and it surprises me by not sinking into flatness, after the return of Morton from abroad; which was a very slippery place for [italics] you [end italics], who profess never knowing what you are going to write.... I must mention a remark Mrs Weddell has repeatedly made: "this has the [italics] nature [end italics] of Daniel Defoe's novels, tho' with a higher style of writing. I can hardly forbear fancying every word of it true". And we are all agreed that instead of perverting history, it elucidates it, and would give a person partially acquainted with it the desire to be more so'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Until: 11 Jan 1817
Country: 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:Mrs Weddell
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Daniel Defoe
Title: [novels]
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 20386  
Source - Print  
  Author: Louisa Stuart
  Editor: R. Brimley Johnson
  Title: Letters of Lady Louisa Stuart, The
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1926
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 151-2
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Louisa Stuart, R. Brimley Johnson (ed.), Letters of Lady Louisa Stuart, The (London, 1926), p. 151-2,, accessed: 23 June 2024

Additional comments:

Letter to Walter Scott.



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