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Record 20703

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'When he [Johnson] was a child in petticoats, and had learnt to read, Mrs Johnson one morning put the common prayer-book into his hands, pointed to the collect for the day, and said, "Sam, you must get this by heart". She went upstairs, leaving him to study it: But by the time she had reached the second floor, she heard him following her. "What's the matter?" said she. "I can say it", he replied; and repeated it distinctly, though he ciould not have read it over more than twice'.
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1712 and 31 Dec 1712
Country: England
Time: morning
Place: city: Lichfield
county: Staffordshire
   
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:Samuel Johnson
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 18 Sep 1709
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: later writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author:
Title: Book of Common Prayer [collect for the day]
Genre: Other religious
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned
owned by his mother

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 20703  
Source - Print  
  Author: James Boswell
  Editor: R. W. Chapman
  Title: Life of Johnson
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1980
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 30
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R. W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson  (Oxford, 1980), p. 30, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=20703, accessed: 05 February 2023

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791.

 

 

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