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Record 20723

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'He appears, from his early notes or memorandums in my possession, to have at various times attempted, or at least planned, a methodical course of study, according to computation, of which he was all his life fond, as it fixed his attention steadily on something without, and prevented his mind from preying upon itself. Thus I find in his handwriting the number of lines in each of two of Euripides' Tragedies, of the Georgicks of Virgil, of the first six books of the Aeneid, of Horace's Art of Poetry, of three of the books of Ovid's Metamorphosis, of some parts of Theocritus, and of the tenth satire of Juvenal; and a table, shewing at the rate of various numbers a day (I suppose verses to be read), what would be, in each case, the total amount in a week, month, and year'.
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 18 Sep 1723 and 18 Sep 1735
Country: n/a
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:James Boswell
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 29 Oct 1740
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: lawyer and writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Samuel Johnson
Title: [memoranda of his reading]
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 20723  
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: 53
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R. W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson  (Oxford, 1980), p. 53, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=20723, accessed: 22 April 2024

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791.

 

 

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