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Record 20808

Reading Experience:

'Here was an excellent library; particularly, a valuable collection of books in Northern literature, with which Johnson was often very busy. One day Mr Wise read to us a dissertation which he was preparing for the press, intitled "A History and Chronology of the fabulous Ages".'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jun 1754 and 1 Oct 1754
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Ellsfield
county: Oxfordshire
specific address: home of Mr Wise
location in dwelling: library
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 Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 18 Sep 1709
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
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: [unknown]
Title: [books of Northern literature]
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID: 20808  
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: 192
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 192,, accessed: 21 February 2024

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791. 'Memorial' sent to Boswell by Thomas Warton.



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