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Record 20941

Reading Experience:

'I was much pleased to find myself with Johnson at Greenwich, which he celebrates in his "London" as a favourite scene. I had the poem in my pocket, and read the lines aloud with enthusiasm : On Thames's banks in silent thought we stood, Where Greenwich smiles upon the silver flood : Pleas'd with the seat which gave Eliza birth, We kneel, and kiss the consecrated earth.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: 30 Jul 1763
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London, Greenwich
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: writer and lawyer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Samuel Johnson?
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Samuel Johnson
Title: London: A Poem in Imitation of the Third Satire of Juvenal
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 20941  
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: 325
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 325,, accessed: 20 June 2024

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791.



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